Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where's the pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
Today, I planted my second crop of lettuce. Funny thing is, I don't remember harvesting the first. Between the slightly disappointing summer weather, the attack of the killer slugs, and my mediocre watering skills, the garden has gotten off to a pretty rocky start.
|Something's been eating well.|
I'm happy to say, we're finally winning the war against the slugs. And let me tell you, it has been a war of epic proportions. Besides the pepper plants, the slugs have decimated the lettuce, spinach (I even questioned whether we had remembered to plant the spinach!), the Swiss chard, and the cucumbers. They had just discovered the squash plants when we declared war.
|New growth, thanks to some strategically placed copper tape!|
As far as the slugs are concerned, I think we can finally claim victory.
|See the little peppers?|
Now if we could only get the sunshine to cooperate.
Some of our crops are doing well with the cooler weather though.
|The beans love this weather. The corn? Not so much.|
We'll add some fish fertilizer this week and hope that encourages the corn to reach for the sky. Right now they're not even reaching my knees. And that's not too much of a stretch.
We made our first trip out to "The Island" and picked marion and raspberries for the freezer a few days ago. I didn't think we were going to get any from our own vines.
|Madison thinks the "wazzbewwies" are liking the cooler temps too.|
Now that the granddaughters have discovered the berry patch, I guess we'll be visiting "The Island" again...soon.
And finally, it seems our strawberry plants have decided to participate in this year's harvest. For 3 days I watched and waited for the first red juicy berry to ripen.
Apparently, someone else was too.
|All that remains of our first berry.|
Good thing I was smart enough to provide a decoy...
this is the one I really wanted.☺
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