We just wanted to garden, but Mother Nature had other ideas

What did I say last week, that we were gonna get back to work? Well…we did lots of work this weekend, but not much of it was garden-related.  Torrential rains brought forth by Tropical Storm Andrea on Friday turned our backyard into a really, really, really large puddle. Everything in the backyard was completely soaked on Saturday. Today was drier, but the yard still felt like a damp sponge. So, sadly, we didn’t transplant anything. But our tomatoes and peppers are being quite patient. They’re doing okay inside, but we do really need to get them outside in the next week or so.

Our happy tomato survivors.
These peppers are going to outgrown their digs any day now!

In the meantime though, things in the garden hardly remained undisturbed. After the rains, we had to re-spray the “squirrel tea,” which meant we had to make another batch, which also meant we had to endure another weekend of the acrid smelling stuff. (Yuck.) I think we mentioned last week that the squirrel tea had to be strained. Well, we should have stressed that it needs to be strained really well, otherwise the stuff can clog even the most tenacious spray bottle. After killing one bottle, we spent this morning straining  the latest mixture into a pump sprayer.

By the way, if you’re in the market for a pump sprayer — a cheap pump sprayer — we found this guy at Walmart for under 10 bucks. Not a bad deal.

Not gonna win any awards, but it works! (Walmart)
Not gonna win any awards, but it works! (Walmart)

So after finding three very unwelcome and unwanted squirrels roaming through the beds this morning, we couldn’t get that spray down soon enough! As we surveyed things, thankfully the vast majority of the garden made it through the storm. We may or may not have lost one sunflower to the rain…or possibly a critter.  But everything else is doing very well. We’ve been harvesting lettuce for about 2 weeks, and we’ll be harvesting peas (the Dwarf Gray Sugar variety) this week! Till next time, here’s a few more pictures showing how things are progressing.

The aforementioned peas are practically bursting out of their pods!
The aforementioned peas are practically bursting out of their pods!
The zucchini are under careful watch since they look like they’re getting ready to take over everything nearby.
One sunflower that made it (left), and, in memoriam, the one that didn’t (right).

3 thoughts on “We just wanted to garden, but Mother Nature had other ideas

  1. anonymous 06/11/2013 / 11:35 am

    I was wondering if you were going to get a lot of rain. I am spending a couple of weeks in Southwest PA so when I get home our garden should be on its way and we should be able to start eating our lettuce. Your peas sure do look great!

    • Garden State-ments 06/11/2013 / 8:53 pm

      We just started harvesting the peas and they are delicious! Very crunchy snd sweet. Sadly, everything else is still soaked, and we’re due for even more rain soon! 😦 Hopefully the coming weeks will be drier.

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