I can’t believe it has been so long since my last garden update. After my last educational post on overly active children, I was prompted to offer workshops to Home Educating parents. I am very grateful for this ministry opportunity.
In the mean time, I have had quite a fight on my hands with the garden. Bugs settled in my straw bales and began eating some of my plants from the root up. I tried the Dawn Detergent in water and ended up killing some of my plants. My sweet peas had beautiful blooms and pods. The plants completely died. Everywhere the soap was sprayed turned plants brown, green beans, tomatoes, etc. I have been told I used too much soap, as it takes very little. Also, I used the ultra and not the old fashioned blue, which make it even more soap! I have found out that because our area has such manicured lawns, the chemicals it takes to perfect the lawns actually drains the beneficial nutrients from the ground. The bugs evidently went into my bales to find nutrients. When I got discouraged, I broke down and used some seven-dust.
the green beans have 2-3 inch long pods,
and the potatoes are doing awesome.
I have also planted a variety of squash, cantaloupes, and pinto beans.
My dewberries are doing great (even though the photo is not).
The grapes are producing a healthy crop, especially for the first year.
I have one little lonely blueberry. With a family of five, we won’t get much to share!!
Mint and daisies are blooming.
We did a major yard clean-up and I found this healthy wisteria growing on the back fence.
I also found this wild variegated grape vine or porcelain vine. I just didn’t have the heart to cut it down! I think I will find something nice for it to grow on!