Comic Relief Chipmunk update....GRRR! All of my wonderful healthy Kentucky Wonder pole beans have been eaten...and not by my family. The chipmunks have been at it again with a voracious appetite. I noticed some nibblings on the leaves of the beans. The next day half of the crop was stripped of leaves. I quickly installed a garden fence and anchored down the edges so no one would slip under. I reset my handy dandy RatZapper and loaded it with peanut butter. I sprayed the perimeter with an organic animal deterrent which smelled suspiciously like rotten eggs. I even opened a box of Decon and left it in the center of the remaining beans that now qualify as an endangered species. ( Totally fenced so that my dogs do not have access.) ~~~~The next morning ALL of the beans were stripped and even the volunteer tomato plant was eaten to the ground. There were entrance and exit holes the diameter of a softball leading safely under the fence. So much for the animal deterrent. I should have been suspicious when my dog licked the bottle and rolled on the sprayed ground as happy as if she had found her very own road kill. The next step? I patiently replanted my beans around my two naked tepees.... and I upped the ante in the RatZapper with fresh juicy dog food. Yehaw! Two chipmunks took the bait and my new beans are peaking through the soil. Is it too early to be optimistic? We wouldn't be gardeners if we weren't optimistic now would we? But....I wonder how big their family is??? Score: RatZapper 3: BB gun 1: Decon unknown?
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Sugar Snap Peas have just about finished. The vines are yellowing but still sending out the odd pea or two. I froze the last large picking as we have been swamped with more that we could eat.
Broccoli. Did I mention that the broccoli plants are huge??? Delicious but huge. All of the main heads have been harvested and enjoyed. Check out the broccoli slaw recipe. We are just waiting for the small but flavorful side stalks to develop.
The final Spinach has been harvested and enjoyed. I had planted two varieties: Matador and Bloomsdale longstanding. The Matador lasted 2-3 weeks longer before bolting. I didn't notice any measurable difference in flavor.
The second planting of Radishes is going to seed. The seed pods will lend some added flavor to salads and stir fries.
Tomatoes are growing. I have harvested 5 small golf ball sized
Peppers are growing slowly. I will need to research why my peppers don't look too sturdy.
Squash and Zucchini are producing like crazy. One plant of each should definitely provide all the fresh squash our family can eat. A few of them developed blossom end rot which seems to have corrected after adding organic fertilizer.
Beets: ??? The beets produced pretty leaves but absolutely no beet roots. What did I do wrong??