After a few weeks of serious growth, most of our veggies looked great and we even had a pepper!

Our first pepper!

Our first pepper!

However, not everything in the garden was sunshine and rainbows: something was eating our lettuce. At first there were just a few nibbles taken out of a couple of leaves, but before long, all 12 of the lettuce plants looked like this:

Devastated Lettuce

At least someone enjoyed the lettuce!

On the advice of our garden neighbor, Ken, we cut the bottoms off of a bunch of solo cups and placed them around each of the lettuces. The thinking was that we were probably getting beaten to the harvest by caterpillars or slugs, and the cups would keep them out. After a few days, the lettuces looked much better, so we pulled the cups off and built a larger defense:

The great lettuce barrier

Making the finishing touches on the great lettuce barrier

A couple of lettuces met their end before we implemented the initial “solo defense” and there were a couple of other casualties, so we took the Labor Day holiday as a chance to get some new things in the garden. We dug up all of the dead lettuce, the cucumber that I killed by botching the initial planting, and the red bell pepper that the previous tenants had left behind, and turned the soil over. Then we put in a new Japanese cucumber, a yellow squash, and some Gerber daisies. Here’s what the garden looks like now:

Our new and (hopefully) improved garden

Our new and (hopefully) improved garden

Everything else is doing pretty well, so head over to our Picasa Gallery to take a look!

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4 Responses to Progress!

  1. Naseer says:

    Looks fantastic overall. Great job, guys! I’m subscribing to your blog so I can envy you as we roll into winter and you guys are still growing strong.

  2. Emily says:

    I love the gerbera daisies, what a pretty addition to your garden. We did some marigolds around our border, which was nicer than last year without any flowers, but these are much prettier. One thing we intend to do next year is try to put more bee-attracting flowers into the same garden as our veggie garden, to help bring in the pollinators. Just having a sunflower garden nearby this year, plus the marigolds, seemed to help a lot – last year we saw almost no bees, but a lot more this time around – but next year we think will be even better with them combined. I’m curious to hear how much the bees like those gerbera daisies. πŸ™‚

  3. Sean says:

    Thanks for the compliment, Emily! I generally leave all of the aesthetics of the garden to Molly, but I am pretty stoked about bringing some bees around the plot. We really benefit from being surrounded by a ton of other great gardens – not only do we get to share all of the knowledge that surrounds us, but we get to share all of the pollinators that are attracted to the flowers around us! I’ve heard that marigolds also act as a natural pesticide; do you know anything about that?

  4. Emily says:

    Molly is definitely good with aesthetics then – no wonder you guys won Garden of the Month, it is a very pretty garden with the gerbera daisies and the walking path stones! Ours looked more like a jungle you could get lost in than anything else! Not sure Nas and I are meant to be aesthetic garden owners. πŸ™‚

    Marigolds are supposedly a natural repellent to many animals and insects. I think this largely just comes from them being smelly (odorific) flowers. I don’t find them overwhelmingly smelly myself, but I even know humans who stay away from them for that reason. πŸ™‚

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