Weekly Garden Update 5/8

Weekly Garden Update:

Kale & Mustard

We’ve had another busy week in the garden, at least one of us has been working in it daily.


The cucumber beetles are being a big problem, and we’re not sure where they’re all coming from.  But we are picking them off the various squash, melon, and cucumber plants daily and crushing them and they seem to be winning the race.  Any advice?

We harvested all nearly all our radishes to make room for peppers.  We’re still have some problems getting radishes and other crops to bulb up and grow well, but hopefully this will improve as we continue to treat boxes with magnesium.

Most of our tomato and pepper plants on in the ground now, though we still have a couple of trays of seedlings to go in, mostly peppers and eggplant that we potted up.  We are going to wait to plant the eggplant as late as possible to try to avoid the spring flea beetles.

We harvested a whole box of kale and all the old mustard as well (pulling the plants up), getting over a five gallon bucket of the stuff.  Also we harvested nearly that much lettuce, though we immediately gave some away.

Newly Planted Tomatoes



Peppers in the back



Weeding, harvesting, and transplanted took a surprising amount of time this week.  Also we planted spearmint seeds around the blueberry bushes.


Knocking on Wood, We have no signs (yet) of voles this year and the potatoes (where we lost about half our crop last year) are starting to set blooms.  We did see a black snake capture and eat a small rabbit.  Maybe the snake has been assisting us.  Maybe the wrigleys spearmint gum is working.  Maybe the meditating zen ceramic turtle has banned voles.  Who knows?

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Box 5

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5 Responses to “Weekly Garden Update 5/8”

  1. kitsapFG Says:

    That is a lot of kale and mustard! Your garden is coming along nicely. Not much advice to offer on the cucumber beetles… they are a pain and I have only dealt with them by the “find and squish” method. Luckily, I have not been bothered by them in this homestead’s garden… but at our old home in central Washington we had cucumber beetles and potato beetles something fierce.

  2. Daphne Gould Says:

    Oh wow your garden is really taking off. And what a bountiful harvest. I too was giving some of my greens away this week as we had so many.

    I was reading Ribbit’s post (a blogger who lives in Georgia) about cucumber beetles too. She is also getting an swarm of them, unlike what she has had before. I wonder if it will be a really bad cucumber year for the south. I really wonder why this year. The hot summer last year?

  3. Barbie Says:

    Wow that’s a lot of growth in a week! And a ton of greens!!! Losing the cucumber beetle battle here as well. Never saw them before either, so this is NOT GOOD!

  4. spamwise Says:

    Can’t offer you any advice on the beetles but I do have to say that’s a fine looking garden y’all have.

    Hope everything works out.

  5. meemsnyc Says:

    I wish our lettuce grew as nice as yours. We have such a hard time with keeping bugs from eating all the leaves.

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