Saturday, September 26, 2009

Bitty Farm

OK-it's not really a farm, but since we are lame suburban hipsters, we like the way it makes us feel. Here is what we have planted since April; bush beans, pole beans, 9 tomato plants, 2 zucchinis, 2 yellow crook-neck squash plants, 2 cantaloupe plants, one watermelon plant, 40 corn plants, a lot of carrots, a peach tree, an orange tree, and some herbs. In the past 6 months we have eaten one peach, 3 tomatoes, a half ripe cantaloupe, and about 80 zucchinis. That's it. EVERYTHING ELSE EITHER DIDN'T GROW, AND EVEN IF IT DID MANAGE TO SPROUT A FEW LEAVES A MILLION DIFFERENT KIND OF BUGS ATE THEM. Mostly it was these guys...

Although our corn is full of worms, so I can't blame the above insect for all the damage. We don't want to spray poison, so Chad got a dust buster, it worked great.

Here is the garden on September 1st. Notice the random stalk of corn that grew 2 feet higher than the others...

Here it is today...
I can't believe how many bugs live here, seriously, I have never seen anything like it. Our strategy is to attract "beneficials" like birds spiders and wasps that will eat "bad-non-beneficials" like aphids, stink bugs, and worms. So wish us luck with that.



We like to pretend that our garden looks just like this one...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

try using a net its effective and fairly cheap and easy to use. Raquel's family uses smoker for their farm. Ask Raquel for more questions about farming she was raised on one. Don't be shy. jon

Belle of the Blues said...

But wow, look at all that work you've done building planter boxes! It looks great. I'm a little jealous. Keep at it. You'll find success eventually. Love you.

Amanda said...

It looks fantastic anyway. I'm a complete failure at gardening, so even a few tomatoes is better than anything I've ever done.

Kimberly Bluestocking said...

At least you have dirt to semi-grow things in. Someday I hope I will, too.

In the meantime, good luck. :)