Garden Update: Play by Play

Garden / Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Welcome to my Garden Update 2012 play-by-play!

Our slug problem was taken care of by handpicking, staking everything in sight and Sluggo. Been periodically using Insect Killing Soap to stop bugs from munching (which works pretty well) and recently bought Neem Oil to try to get rid of the heavy eaters those darn Japanese Beetles. THEY LOVE THE SOYBEANS!

I’ve used Tomato Fertilizer Spikes and lots and lots and lots and lots of bags of organic soil mixes and compost/dirt bags. So many bags of poopy dirt. So many bags of dirt. (We REALLY should have just bought a truckload from a local farmer—next year, next year.) And I’m on my hands and knees weeding everything in sight and turning the soil every other day. I realize this is probably the only time I will ever have the chance to have such a clean garden, so I’ve been a little obsessive. I want it to look nice.

Now for the update on plants…

Kale Pepper

Kale and peppers!

Bean Need Taller Been Trellis!

Beans. Lots of beans! Green, Yellow, Purple, Cranberry, Calypso and Soy!

Tomatoes Tomatoes

Tomatoes! (Also have a section of Roma and Cherry but didn’t photograph, they are still growing.)

Pumpkins Beets Peas

Pumpkins and Beets and 2nd Batch of Peas.


Spinach, bolted and waiting to harvest the seeds.

Carrot Fail Take Two

GARDEN FAIL! Carrots. This is the 2nd time this season I tried to plant them from seed and NOTHING. Ok, not technically there are TWO wee seedlings sprouted. I’m having NO LUCK with them this year.

Complete list of Garden Fail:

  • Carrots (x2-direct sow)
  • Parsnips (direct sow)
  • Radish (direct sow)
  • Basil (main garden)
  • Eggplant (started indoors)
  • Pepper (started indoors)
  • Tomato (started indoors)
  • Cabbage (started indoors)
  • Chives (herb garden)
  • Chamomile (herb garden)

But look at the list of Garden Success!

  • Beets
  • Peas (x2)
  • Spinach (x2)
  • Cherry Tomatoes, Roma Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Salad Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Pumpkins
  • Yellow Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Watermelon
  • Blue Potatoes, Fingerling Potatoes, Red Potatoes
  • Horseradish
  • Sunflowers
  • Sweet Corn
  • Popcorn
  • Kale
  • Green Peppers, Red Peppers
  • Green Beans, Yellow Beans, Purple Beans, Cranberry Beans, Calypso  Beans and Soybeans
  • Radishes
  • Basil (herb garden)
  • Oregano (herb garden)
  • Cilantro (herb garden)
  • Thyme (herb garden)
  • Dill (herb garden)
  • Parsley (herb garden)
  • Lettuce (herb garden)

Still in doubt?

  • Broccoli (main garden)
  • Cauliflower (main garden)
  • Broccoli Rabe (main garden)
  • Dill (main garden)
  • Cilantro (main garden)
  • Purple Basil (herb garden)
  • Catnip (garden boxes)
  • Eggplant (growing indoors)
  • Asian Squash (growing indoors)

And then there’s all those Fall Seeds.

Fall Planting


Whatcha talkin' bout Willis?