Holding steady while the ship is still afloat

This past week was mostly devoted to two things: making progress on the leaky garage and putting down the critter protection. And most of that time was spent on the garage. That said, we did set the netting mentioned in last week’s post over our watermelon patch and some of the tomatoes. And so far, so good!

Okay, so the netting is hard to see in the picture, but trust us, it’s there!

The netting is remarkably “sticky.” Not sticky like glue, but the stuff gets easily caught on anything and everything, from itself to tall weeds to the bottoms of our shoes. So it was a hassle to manage the stuff, getting it properly laid out and cut. We anchored it into the ground as best we could once we got it even marginally in place. Actually, we might have gone a little overboard with the anchors; but y’know, we wanted to make absolutely sure that no sneaky, little squirrel hands could somehow manipulate the “force field.”

We also took some extra precautions with a couple of the melons. We *might* be a little paranoid...
We also took some extra precautions with a couple of the melons by covering them in plastic containers. We might be a little paranoid…

After covering the watermelon, we set about laying the rest of the netting over some of the tomatoes, primarily the two free-standing beds in the middle of the yard and the bed on the side of the house.

This one’s a mix of cherries and heirlooms…
…while we’ve got Romas, San Marzanos, and heirlooms in here.

We didn’t want to restrict their growth any, so we went very light on the anchors.

After we dealt with the netting, we sprayed the repellant around the perimeter of the beds and on some of the plants. Each day we’ve been checking for evidence of animal-induced hijinks around with the plants, and we’ve found none! Hallelujah! So maybe we will actually get a decent crop of tomatoes, at least. If the ones that are coming in actually ripen, that is.

Still beautiful, even if they don’t turn red.

The only tomato plant that’s ripening now is the orphan tomato plant (below). The others are producing, as you see in the pictures above, but have been very slow to ripen. We’ve hit a cool spot in the summer, which is great for us, but not so great for the tomatoes. Things are supposed to heat back up this week, and we can hardly believe that we’re actually looking forward to it! Hey, there are so many things one can do with green tomatoes.

These were delicious on tonight’s pizza!

Meanwhile, the peppers continue to struggle, except for the guys that are indoors. They are thriving! But the overall non-growth is a little disappointing considering how many plants we started with. Considering that we got a late start with all the wet weather we had earlier in the summer, we’re just glad that our efforts with the peppers aren’t going (and hopefully won’t) go) completely unrewarded.

Looking good!
Not all the peppers in the yard are close to death. Looks like we might get something from this one. 🙂

So in the end, our biggest accomplishment this week has been taking steps to keep the squirrels at bay. Now we can really see how things do; and hopefully the results will inform next year’s garden!

We’re definitely happy to host bumblebees! The wasps and mosquitoes, on the other hand…are not so welcome.
Carrot soup, carrot cake, carrot bread, carrot juice, carrot salad...
Carrot soup, carrot cake, carrot bread, carrot juice, carrot salad…harvesting starts at the end of the month!

3 thoughts on “Holding steady while the ship is still afloat

  1. anonymous 08/19/2013 / 9:14 am

    Our carrots looked like yours. I wanted to thin them out so they had room to grow larger so I picked many plants. The baby carrots were delicious. It will be interesting to see how large the rest grow.

    • Garden State-ments 08/21/2013 / 1:19 pm

      We’ll be picking some of the carrots this weekend probably. We purposely planted a carrot variety that’s supposed to grow smaller than most carrots because last year the “large” carrots didn’t grow well. We suspect that the carrots will be stumpy but delicious!

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