2013 Garden Update Part 3

Garden Update 1
Garden Update 2
Garden Update 3
Garden Update 4
The major problem I’m having this year, aside from boxelder bugs, is trellising. I didn’t anticipate how big the plants were going to get. Usually a tomato cage is big enough to hold a cucumber plant, but look at them this year:

And my peas wanted more sun and more room to grow:

I’m concerned about my melons, which have at least another month to grow before they produce fruit and are already overflowing their bed:

I have two crane melons and a boule d’Or melon in this bed, plus French green beans. Behind, you can see the hop plants, which are looking like they may produce a lot of hop flowers this year. I can’t wait to see what kind of beer Mr. Savvy makes with them.
I’ve learned a lot already. I’ve learned about leafminers and to never plant beans and onions next to each other because it turns the beans a weird yellowish color. I learned that my method of planting peas doesn’t work that well and that I need to give them lots of sun and a good trellis. Everything that vines needs a good trellis.
In terms of pests, I’ve had new ones to deal with this year. Cucumber beetles have been munching on the beans, grasshoppers have been eating flowers, and then there are these shiny black beetles eating my blueberries and strawberries. I don’t know what they are, yet. On the bright side, aphids aren’t much of a problem, in part because my garden is crawling with ladybugs.

How’s your garden growing?

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6 thoughts on “2013 Garden Update Part 3”

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  2. That garden looks neat and tidy to me – I love your raised beds. Personally I think trellising is overrated, especially for things like melons and squash. You spend all this time tying your fruits up with pantyhose when you could just let them spill over on to the ground. Of course I have lots of space, I might think differently if I was working with 1/8 an acre.
    Are those red podded garden peas? Awesome!

  3. It all looks so beautiful and abundant. I’ve had mixed success with gardening. Where did you learn? Is there any one ‘method’ you can recommend, or a post where you cover your basic approach, or….?

  4. Wendy, thank you so much. That’s such a nice compliment. I’ve been gardening for about 8 years and most of it I learned from trial and error, you know, stick it in the ground, see what happens. That said, there are lots of great gardening books out there–I recommend finding the Master Gardeners for your area/state (just search “master gardener” with your state or city) and see what they recommend to get you started. That way you’ll get information that’s tailored for your climate.
    I have a couple of posts that might help you, too:
    Planting A Vegetable Garden: The Soil (Goes over how to pick a garden site and tell if you have good soil): http://www.savvyhousekeeping.com/planting-a-vegetable-garden-the-soil/
    Planting A Vegetable Garden: The Wishlist (Goes over how I decide what plants to put in.) http://www.savvyhousekeeping.com/planting-a-vegetable-garden-the-wishlist/
    The gardening category has many other posts about gardening: http://www.savvyhousekeeping.com/category/gardening/
    Hope that helps.

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