Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Garden

My happy dill is growing tall! 

My garden is going fairly well these days. My only insect problem so far is the black flea beetles which seem to adore my potato plants. I've tried a garlic tea, but I'm not sure it worked so well because it rained the next day and washed away all the garlic smell. I've heard planting radishes draw them away, but I have planter boxes, not a whole garden in the ground. I'll have to think on some new tactics.

My pickling cucumber plants are about 8 inches tall. It looks like my dill will be ready for sure! I've already hung and dried some dill, waiting for that happy pickling day.

I finally broke down and bought some gardening gloves after one too many times of digging dirt out from under my fingernails. Best $5 purchase EVER! I don't know what I was thinking all those years digging around without gloves. It's amazing the different they make.

I feel very lucky to be living in a more southern state. Already we have cucumbers, rhubarb, strawberries, lettuce and other odd produce at the farmer's market. The past couple weeks my family and I have been out to Larriland Farm picking strawberries and a boatload of sweet cherries. Hello, cherry pie filling! Oh yeah!

(However, I'm waiting on getting my Clear Gel in the mail. I had no idea they don't sell modified corn starch out here! How crazy is that!)

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