Vegetable Garden – End of June

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All veggies are growing very strong with the exception of the broccoli as we have a major groundhog problem.  There’s four of them but only two eat from the garden. They’ve almost completely destroyed the broccoli plants and have occasionally munched on the cucumbers and radish plants.  There are many ways to prevent them from destroying all your hard work.

One way is to build a chicken wire fence. I built a small one around the broccoli and carrots.  There’s chicken wire about a foot into the ground and bricks for an added deterrent for the ground hogs.  The bricks also act as an indicator of an attempted breach if they fall.  So far it seems to be working.

Here’s a link I came across with some more helpful tips on getting rid of groundhogs – http://www.gardeningformyfamily.blogspot.com/

List of what’s growing:  Tomatoes, egg plant, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, radish, garlic, sweet and Thai basil, thyme, oregano, dill, cilantro, parsley.

Night Blooming Cereus

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This plant finally bloomed and we were lucky enough to be at home to catch it.  The night blooming cereus only blooms for one night with a very fragrant flower measuring up to 9 inches in diameter.  It first started with a small sprout like the one you see below.

It then gradually grew over approximately 3 or 4 weeks and just yesterday it turned and pointed away from the window.  My wife called me down around 8:30pm and it was beginning to open.  The smell filled the room and it remained open until early next morning.  There are still 7 or 8 more buds starting to grow so it looks like we will enjoy this plant’s flowers for the majority of the summer.

Our species is the Epiphyllum oxypetalum and can be easily cultivated as this was given to me by my father in-law.  Just split at the bottom and plant in soil.  This plant seems to survive in any area around the house but does best in a warm sunny location.  The flower is apparently edible but do so at your own discretion.

Vegetable Garden Early June

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The vegetable garden this year is coming along nicely.   We have tomatoes along the back, some cucumbers on the far right.  Red and green pepper plants, broccoli, radish, zucchini, egg plant and leaks. Some of the tomatoes, broccoli, radish cucumbers and peppers were grown from seed.  We already harvested a radish my wife planted as you see in the pictures  below.

With the month of May breaking record temperatures this year, it’s real easy to start your seeds in the garden. We have also added a generous amount of horse manure which adds extra nitrogen and nutrients to the soil.  The direct sun starts to hit the garden around 10 am and doesn’t stop until 7-8pm during the summer months.