Gardening: Sasquatch Squash
[WARNING! Vegetables were unintentionally harmed in the making of this blog. Images may be disturbing to some…]
I wanted to wait to write to you with another gardening update until I had begun some sort of fruitful harvest. But with this year’s intense heat, some crazy cabbage consuming bugs, our poor spatial planning, and my inability to actually water my plants…a truly fruitful harvest will never come.
Instead, I can write (and show…) to you what we learned from our initial endeavor in self-sustainability!
1. Most obvious…Onions need a lot of water, and potentially less rocky soil.
2. The tomato plants need to have more support, and more space between one another.
4. Blueberries need a net to keep birds and our free ranging chickens at bay.
5. Carrot seeds need to be better spaced from one another.
6. Green beans and cucumbers need much more water in such extreme heat.
7. Squash. It squashes and sucks the life out of all life forms surrounding it. The tomato plants that were doing well in that garden bed had the water and nutrients drained from them by our greedy, thirsty, vampire squash. Again, I definitely did not water our veggies near as often as I should have, especially with such a crazy hot summer. So, being desperate, the squash preyed on the weak to survive. And they have! Well..did. We have actually already harvested, and consumed, some of our sasquatching squash. The predator has become the prey.
Annnddd…that’s about it! Thanks for reading!
1. Markham, Derek. “8 Natural & Homemade Insecticides: Save Your Garden Without Killing the Earth,” Treehuger, 30 March 2020. https://www.treehugger.com/natural-homemade-insecticides-save-your-garden-without-killing-earth-4858819#:~:text=Natural%20and%20homemade%20insecticides.%201%201.%20Oil%20spray,pesticide.%205%205.%20Garlic%20insecticide%20spray.%20More%20items. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
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I used all container gardening this year & had the same problem with my cauliflower and broccoli this year. Fun fact about celery is that not only will that rabbits munch in it, but they will sense when it is regrowing and cone back. Lettuce flowers are pretty. Blueberries do need to be watered, but more at the roots. Otherwise, the berries may rot before they ripen. Tomatoes hand raised by small children are awesome. Lastly, Lemon balm and strawberries are the champs this year.