After expecting to blog every week about how my garden grew according to plans, I met with embarrassing failure. Peppers, garlic, dill, mint, pole beans, carrots, chard, beets, and other stuff didn’t grow. My above-ground planter box, 12″ deep, has been good for nothing except the two plantain weeds I put there for my rabbits. Even my transplanted lettuce there – capped with a glass shelf to deter the birds – has failed. All my lettuce sprouts die or get stolen wherever I transplant them, and it is getting really frustrating that this happens.
Consider me discouraged, but not down or out. I do have some lovely photos to share of plants that grew decently this summer in the backyard.
|After boxing up and adding new soil to the section intended for salad – all stolen by small birds and animals – the perimeter wasn’t good enough. The sparrows were coming in from the top.|
|I replanted cucumbers around the perimeter and Swiss chard near the edges. Lettuce still is failing!|
|Many tomato seedlings sprung up. After this garden, intended for chard, beets, and spinach failed, I put the tomatoes in. They liked it.|
|No cavolo to see, but just enough rocket, endive, and volunteer tomato plants.|
|Some bean seedlings near the wall, but they do not grow (esp. since a rabbit attack)|
|All that really remains of my many, many bean seedlings|
|The skunk attacked this lily|
|Lilies, at least, can be counted upon whatever the weather.|