Another summer month has come to an end and it’s time for a garden visit. On the down side, July brought bug bites, hot scorching sun and drought conditions. We’ve had only a few scanty showers. The sight of drooping plants, as shown below, disturbs me but this shot also shows the cucumber vines climbing (a positive sight):
The biggest disappointment this month was animal nibbling by a skunk, rabbit, fisher or other mammal. For the first time my peppers have been eaten…they bit the lower ends off! Onion greens were also taken, as were the tops of several milkweed plants! The solutions? First, I put up enclosures to discourage sampling. I have a few peppers left and hope a few will ripen to red. This shot shows the pepper plants with extra protection:
My second solution is putting out food offerings to keep the critters fed and less interested in my crops. I have put out corn, carrots, and discount zucchini from the store. This shot shows a chomped off milkweed plant and a nibbled zucchini offering.
Thankfully there have been peas, beans, spinach, cucumber and zucchini to pick and a wonderful garlic harvest. And I have a hose that delivers water so the garden hasn’t fried to a crisp like the rest of the world.
By mid-July I dug up all the garlic—not an easy task as the ground was hard. Fresh garlic is attractive (especially when it’s your first garlic harvest):
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