The Haul 2

I plan on giving a regular tally of what the garden produces this year, I’d like to see (approximately) the amount, in dollars, the garden has saved us.

So far the crop is small.

3 Strawberries

2 yellow peppers

3/4 lb of zucchini

1 1/2 lbs of cucumbers

1/2 of small red and orange tomatoes


1 bunch of radishes

Basil – amount to be determined

Oregano – TBD

Cilantro – TBD




We just got back from our first road trip with Little Bear to visit so relatives, we’re beat and while I was gone all the pumpkin plants decided that they wanted to take over the garden.  Lots of work to bed done – probably will need to get up early tomorrow to beat the heat.

I’m loosing hope in my cucumber and zucchini plants, I think the powdery mildew is winning on the cucumber and we’re not getting a lot of pollination on the zucchini.  I’ve come to realize I’m not too upset about the later as I’m not much of a zucchini eater, in fact I might just skip it all together next year along with making sure I buy PM-resistant cucumbers.

I did plant a few string bean plants in the garden last week for a late harvest/nitrogen refueling attempt and I’m just hoping I can keep the pumpkins from sprawling across the white onions and carrots long enough to get a harvest.  And if I had been here this weekend I could have gotten a few more strawberries of the vine before heat and birds did them in; oh well, the runners are still going strong so I’m hoping for lots of strawberries next year!

In a few weeks we’ll be in tomato and pepper overload.

Over all, with all the successes and failures so far, not too bad for my first real attempt at a garden!

How does your garden grow?

I have to say, strawberry massacre and powdery mildew aside, I’m quite impressed at how the garden is going this year.  Honestly it’s my first time really trying to grow a large amount of things and I seem to have a good instinct for it all.  That being said I do come from a long line of farmers and my great-grandfather on the non-farmer side was said to be able to grow anything!

Here’s the view –

Tomatoes ripening or just growing, and growing.

Cucumbers on their way.

Zucchini, of course, zucchini.


Radishes popping up.

A carrot forest.

My impromptu squash trellis –  not to bad for five minutes research (i.e. “okay, I’m not crazy for wanting to give them vertical room”) and about 10 minutes search for scraps in the basement and garage.

Last, but not least – the most amazing thing in the world (you know aside from Little Bear and Dr. Pepper) the Bug Bag, particularly the Japanese Beetle Bug Bag.  This thing is amazing and it attract a swarm of beetle within 5 minutes of opening.  I mean it, I had beetles following me as I set it up and it was a quarter full when I came home 8 hours later.

Things are looking good – suggestions on how to keep the powdery mildew from destroying my zucchini and cucumbers welcomed – and I’m planning on putting a few bush beans in around the corn to help with any nitrogen depletion.  Still on the docket – weeding, so much weeding on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Haul

I plan on giving a regular tally of what the garden produces this year, I’d like to see (approximately) the amount, in dollars, the garden has saved us.

So far the crop is small.

2 Strawberries

1/2 lb of zucchini

Basil – amount to be determined

Oregano – TBD

On the way soon peppers, more zucchini (if I can get more fruit to pollinate), cucumbers and radishes.