After a few weeks of serious growth, most of our veggies looked great and we even had a 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:
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:
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:
Everything else is doing pretty well, so head over to our Picasa Gallery to take a look!