It’s been a while, but here’s how things are looking for my food garden.
First, I’ve read up enough to finally be convinced the pill bugs are only going after my plants after something else (likely cutworms) are going in and eating through stems, and such.
Using a plastic cup with the bottom cut out is doing well at keeping anything from eating the stems, but also the plants don’t seem to grow as much in this situation. Maybe it’s because they don’t get consistent watering as the drip irrigation doesn’t reach them, so I need to hand water them until their roots spread out. (I probably should place them more advantageously.)
The idea of using a toilet paper roll to keep things out unfortunately failed as the toilet paper rolls gets eaten through, then something eats the stem and down goes the plant.
We had about five weeks of rain and clouds (rare for where I live), so the soil in my raised garden bed sank about a foot from all the water…
I have one cucumber plant, out of maybe about a dozen planted in all, that’s making it.
My tomato plants didn’t grow much during the weeks of cloudy days, but with sunny days here they’ve started growing again.
I had a grow bag filled with carrots, and the day before I planned to thin them out, we had a very hot day and I lost over 80% of the plants.
I added a melon plant today to fill some of the space alongside the surviving carrot plants.
I don’t yet know how to tell when the carrots will be ready to harvest. The seed bag says to harvest at 6 inches, but how do I know when they’re 6 inches? Is it like “catch and release” in fishing, where you pull out the carrots and put the small ones back?
I bought some strawberry plants. I planted one out front and five in various places out back.
I’ve never had strawberry plants before, so this is mainly testing to see if I can keep them alive.
Out front, I’ve been growing my lettuce: