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« on: July 18, 2014 03:55:36 PM »

We've had a terrible time with gardens while living here.  I don't know if the soil is that bad or if it's just us.  We've grown some really nice gardens in years gone by so I don't think we're totally incapable but since we've lived here it's been hit and miss with everything.  A few years back I staked out a little area next to the garage that I thought would be perfect for some grapes.  I've struggled with them ever since so this spring I dug them all up.  While trying to decide what to do that that spot I thought of corn, which I love and haven't grown any for at least twenty years.  And since we got only one pitiful little zucchini last year I though I'd try a Three Sister Garden in my newly reclaimed garden patch.  A Three Sister Garden is where you plant corn, beans and squash all together so that they can benefit each other. So here is my first attempt at a TSG and it looks like I'm going get some corn. Yay!
 
We've been swimming in zucchini and cucumbers (Yea, I threw a hill of those in too cause last year we didn't get a single one).  From the websites I read, it seems like you're supposed to plant just winter squash but I also planted zucchini and yellow.  We've just started getting some yellow the last couple of days. The corn is coming along very nicely too.

Last year Hubby purchased some plain blocks to make our original little garden patch into raised beds. It seems to be doing better this year than last.  Maybe because I didn't try to cram so much into it.
    

We're trying some new things this year too like this Itailian Grilling Pepper.  They're humongous and very tasty.
 
For the last few years I've had a tiny strawberry patch but we only get a handful each year.  Not because there are no berries, there are loads of them.  The reason we don't don't get any is because we have lots of these.....
 
Despite the fact that I have tried to entice them to stay around the front of the house by maintaining luxury living quarters like this.......

 
and building them a virtual playground like this........

they still ate all the strawberries.

So I removed the strawberries and planted leeks.


So far so good.
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2014 07:55:55 PM »

Cute chipmunks! And I love your moss and gardens. Your rock garden looks grand, too. I wish you better luck this year. I hope you haul in the produce you are wanting.

"Square Foot" gardening can stuff in a lot. You just have to half feed it regularly, as in using 1/2 the fertilizer amount diluted with a weekly watering. You can crowd most plants, except tomatoes and peppers. They need air or they will mildew/rot. But you can plant low growers around the base of them.

Looks like you are well on your way to a good one this year.  Grin Happy canning!

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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2014 03:42:14 PM »

Your garden is wonderful!  Do you have any issues with corn worms? 
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2014 08:13:04 AM »

Thanks so much for your well wishes. Alas, it was not meant to be.  Missing Willow, we didn't have a problem with corn worms at all.  Everything was beautiful right up till the morning we went out to gather it.  This is what we had.





We think it must have been raccoons.  There were shredded ears of corn scattered all over the place.  We picked all that was left and got maybe a dozen ears.  Of course the beans were destroyed too.  So this is all that's left of my pride and joy.  At least we got a little taste anyway.
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2014 09:50:15 AM »

oh so sad!  Could be deer as well...looks like it might be fence time for you...all of our neighbors with huge gardens have to put up fences, some electrified...we don't have raccoons much, but we do have a lot o deer and bear destruction...at least you got some of your crop!

corn field ruined by deer all over our area.  Looks like this:
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2014 10:36:33 AM »

Racoons or deer...both seem to know just when the best time to pick is (right before you do!) So sad. If it's deer you will need a high fence. If it's racoons they can go over or under...maybe a big barking dog for both  Grin. But what a beautiful garden...until.
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2014 01:25:01 PM »

Boo,what a shame!!!  My neighbor at the farmer's market grows acres of corn and has issues with coyotes. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2014 01:46:10 PM »

oh no...they are nasty creatures to deal with; they are now running in packs like wolves...very dangerous...we had one bite the leg of a small boy in a soccer field...i had no idea that they would destroy crops!
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2014 10:44:41 AM »

Oh no, I hope the little boy is alright.  They have a terribly powerful bite. We have a neighbor who didn't put out a garden at all this year because the deer trashed last year's so bad but he had no fence at all. Our back yard is totally enclosed although there is one span of temporary fence that isn't very high. I know it wouldn't be any problem at all for the raccoons.  Oh well, the squash and cucumbers are still going strong and I just saw that Kroger has corn 4 for $1 so I guess I'm going to Kroger.  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2014 11:01:19 AM »

lol We are going to try to do corn again next year, too...some years are just not good gardening years for certain things...at least your squash is good and our cucumbers are good...every little bit helps!
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