After a dry spell, it finally rained, and on consecutive days. The garden is really happy.
It appears that I am having some success with the squash plants that I am growing vertically. Each plant is full of blooms and squash that may be ready to pick soon.
The bush beans got off to a rocky start because of slugs.
When the plants were young and slugs began eating the leaves, the remedy I used was a mixture of coffee beans and egg shells. I pulverized the two together in my food processor. Then, put a circle of the mixture around each of the bean plants. While I was at it, I put a little around the squash too.
In the picture below, you can see the lower leaves where the slugs did their damage, then all the new growth after the coffee/egg shell mixture.
Now, the bush beans are absolutely beautiful, healthy and in full bloom.
The biggest two of my tomato plants are taller than me, and loaded with tomatoes and blossoms.
My first attempt at corn is going okay so far. Hopefully it will continue to be this pretty.
Now I’m just waiting on my favorite, okra, to take a serious growth spurt. After some weeding this morning, I’ll be keeping an eye out for a surge.
Other things I am still waiting on to really take off:
- Cucumber – It’s growing, but slowly. However, it does have multiple blossoms. I may need to move it because it is getting lost underneath the gigantic squash plant.
I have some backup cukes planted, but they haven’t had time to take off either.
- Peppers – I have planted several. The Jalapeno is doing okay, but could be doing better. The sweet peppers are doing very little so I guess some investigation is in order
- Cantaloupe – Another experiment. I have several planted and will have to see what happens.
- Small Ornamental Pumpkin – Just for fun.
Gorgeous garden! I guess you got a green thumb from each of your parents.
I can’t wait to see pictures of your harvest! Happy Gardening!! ~~Mary
Yes, a family tree of green thumbs! Thanks!
Glad to hear about the eggshell/coffee ground mixture success. I’m having slug trouble with my hosta. Your garden looks beautiful!
Thanks Rebecca. I was so pleased with the coffee/egg mixture, worked like a charm. I even put a little in a potted plant where I found a slug. I have started keeping a bowl on my kitchen counter and I put my coffee grounds in it each day, and when I have enough to make it worth the effort, I take it out and spread a little more here and there as needed. Good luck with your hosta!
How did you grow squash vertically?
I have a page about vertical squash that explains it. Here is the link: https://autisticinterpretations.com/garden-therapy/vertical-squash/