Is anyone growing veggies?

Hope this works, imagine having to tell her that her little guy was eaten by a deer :sob: It’s amazing to live in a place where there’s so much wildlife but I can imagine it’s a challenge when it comes to gardening!

We live in such an urban area that I’ve never even seen a hedgehog or a rabbit in this yard. I grew up on the edge of town and we’d see hedgehogs, foxes, rabbits and the like all the time (no deers here though :frowning: ). I barely see anything other than snails and slugs and the neighbourhood cats here, unfortunately. We had to take down a large, dead (dangerous) tree a few years ago and now the constant birdsong is also gone. I am consciously trying to attract birds and insects through what I’m planting but some years that works better than others.

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Can you/do you have birdhouses or perches? My neighbors have several up on posts (like a small flagpole) that the little birds seem to like. A birdbath can be a nice garden touch as well, and can be made of thrifted dishes/bowls etc. i saw one that had a tall vase as it’s base with a serving bowl glued on top.

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I always felt that with all the neighbourhood cats lurking about, a birdhouse or bath would be a bit of a death trap! But I’ll do some googling, maybe there are cat-proof designs available?

We don’t really have hedges or bushes, so that doesn’t really help with the birds and hedgehogs. We’re doing some work on the house, and after that the yard will be next! As you can see from the pictures in the very first post in this thread we’ve already done a lot of work, but that was clearing out the yard. Now we have to slowly fill it up with plants again!

Here’s the strawberry jam! Jars are roughly pint-sized. After cleaning I had about a kilo of strawberries.
There may be more to come, our plants are producing like crazy. We only have about 20 of them in a very small patch.

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Looks great! Well done!

Update from our yard: the “Little Guy” is growing! So far the food cover is keeping the bunnies away.

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We’re trying seed potatoes this year, yay!

A snapshot of part of our garden after a storm a few nights ago. We had a tornado warning, but all was well in our area.

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What an amazing view!! Your garden looks great, very professional!

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Thank you

Early June garden. Early morning. We had a bit of a late start and May was quite cool. Left beds…potatoes, rhubarb, garlic, tomatoes, okra, cilantro, various lettuces and greens, and chives. Right beds…beans, peas, radishes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, summer squash, peppers, eggplants, kale, swiss chard, kohlrabi, beets, onions and bunch onions, oregano, basil, carrots, asparagus, and maybe one or two things I missed. We don’t plant much of each but our summer salads are fantastic. And we make spaghetti sauce, freeze beans, add summer squash to everything. Summer dinner is often a big salad and… Whatever we feel like adding.
And we have raspberries, blueberries, and pawpaws. All this in a small town backyard. yummy times ahead.

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So glad to see your garden. I was just thinking about you yesterday and wondering about it.

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Your gardens are stunning. So professional and established looking.

My daughter and I have scraped out a sunny spot for a pumpkin “patch.” Like, literally scraped aside some grass and hoped for the best. :upside_down_face: I figure it’s a “year one, will we pay attention from start to finish” project and if we succeed in not wandering off then we’re talking about a lettuce table and/or small raised bed for year 2. Maybe sunflowers if we can stand to see them ravaged by birds.

The big news of the day:
“Little Guy” has minions! (When we planted him I had tossed a few seeds in with him in case the rabbits ate him right out of the gate.)

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Our biggest pests in the garden are squash vine borer. The adult lays eggs that drop to the ground and the borer gets into the stem and kills the plan. I lay down ground cover and this year added a foil wrap to the stem. If the eggs can get to the dirt, you are pretty safe. We usually get most of a season of squash before we lose the battle.
And of course, bean beetles, leaf miners, aphids, pepper flies/worms, (I have forgotten all the correct names) and we seem to be rid of the groundhog who loves to eat all the leaves off the sweet potatoes (while we are on vacation) so we have few sweet potatoes. But I’m not sure about the rabbit…is there only one? Or do they take turns just to fool us?
Oh and the slugs, the sneaky eat all the seedlings in one-night slugs. ARGGGG. Off to replant carrots and more kale.

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I went ahead and harvested my first potatoes. So cute!

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Speaking of potatoes, we picked a few more and are gonna have garden to plate whipped taters tonight!

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