Thursday, June 24, 2010

More Lessons from the Garden

The persistent rain has made it difficulty to get to the garden consistently.  It seems like we've had a steady pattern of 3 days of rain, 2 days of sun all spring.  But finally, Mars and I were able to check it out and do some weeding.  Here's what I learned this time:
  1. A six month old puppy is not very helpful in the garden.
  2. Weeds like rain.  
  3. Clay soil dries quickly on the surface, but stays wet underneath the hard, cracked crust it forms.
  4. Mulch really does help keep weeds under control.
  5. It's easier to pull out weeds after a wet spell than after a dry spell.
  6. Flea beetles mysteriously disappear when it's raining but reappear once the sun comes back.
  7. Thinning carrots is my least favourite job in the garden - it seems so sad to pull out perfectly good carrots.   If only they could be transplanted. (Trust me, I've tried!)
Besides the flea beetles, cabbage root maggots, weeds and our pathetic looking leeks, the garden is looking pretty good.  The tomatoes, carrots, onions, beans, corn, spinach, squash, beets, peas, garlic, potatoes, flowers and even the remaining cabbage are all thriving.   

1 comment:

takaeko said...


I also had a trouble in green-caterpillars(grubs of a cabbage butterfly)which like to eat my cabbages.

I used water mixed with red pepper extract for warding them off and found some effectiveness.

My family will harvest egg-plants and green chili in this weekend and will post the photos on my blog.