Square Foot Gardening Update
June 20, 2007
I have now filled 7 spaces in my 8′ x 16′ garden with two bush tomatoes that I got from a plant exchange, one eggplant, two dill plants and two zucchini plants that I bought from a nursery. I have 20 more spaces to go and I think I’ll fill that up with 4 types of carrots, turnips, bush beans and spinach for a late harvest.
I’m now down two spaces because of some unknown marauder who killed my Sensation zucchini and Suyo Long cucumber. Something just lopped off the top of my zucchini plant, leaving two leaves:
You can see the chopped off leaves above and to the right of the zucchini plant. Sadly, this plant sent up a huge flower and little baby leaves so it seems like it is still valiantly trying to grow. I’m not sure I have the heart to dig it up since it’s been trying to hard.
My prized Suyo Long cucumber plant which was decimated:
I had been looking forward to trellising this heirloom cucumber and now that dream has died. I may try to get a plant from my sister or my mom, both of whom had taken many of my extra cucumber plants.
While I was weeding I noticed a number of ant hills in the garden, not too many though definitely more than I had noticed in previous years. Looking under the plastic grids that I had made out of mini-blinds I saw an ant highway with ant hill condos on either sides of the mini-blind with new developments on the way. I realized that the mini-blinds were creating a shelter for the ant hills from rain and my infrequent waterings. I pulled off the three grids that I had painstakingly made, roughed up the soil around each ant hill and flooded the garden with water.
They may have invaded my lawn but they will not invade my vegetable garden. It’s ant war.