Our garden this year is comprised of 4 raised beds at our house and what we’ll call “The Annex”–a 50’ x 50’ plot at my in-laws’ house.
The Humans had a slight lead at the outset, but the critters are coming on strong.
In return, the slugs have felt compelled to call in some reinforcements from the wildlife brotherhood in the form of deer and chipmunks . . .
On the bright side, we have seven tomato plants in the raised beds that are the best we’ve ever grown (and no critters seem to have discovered them yet—knock on wood!) I’ve followed several tips I found in this Mother Earth News article, like covering my tomato bed with black plastic for a month before planting.
After three plantings, the summer squash and cucumbers are finally making an appearance. I’ve never had any trouble growing those, but apparently the chipmunks thought the seeds were their own personal trail mix.
With a stretch of high heat days expected this week, we’ll see how things do. This is the time of year when I often lose gardening momentum. Ginny wrote about just that the other day—I’m trying to adopt her “playing pretend” philosophy this summer. If you’re needing a little garden inspiration, give her inspiring post a read.