July Garden Update

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Zucchini in July

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Yellow and green zucchini from this year’s garden.

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.

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.