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.

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