Every once in a while it’s fun to show things that aren’t exactly going well in the garden. I’ll start with the hosta in the Shade Garden. Around here we call it ‘deer lettuce’, since the local deer seem to think our plantings resemble an all-you-can-eat salad bar. Back in June I shared a photo of the Big Daddy hosta we planted near the base of our mulberry tree. There are a couple of other hostas in front of it.
It looks a bit different today, as you can see in the below photo. The two smaller plants are pretty well eaten down, as well as the one to the left of the tree.
There’s a Big Bare Spot in the Big Daddy plant. I spray Liquid Fence deer repellent regularly, but the rain washes it off and the deer can mow things down overnight. I’m thinking they spared the rest of the Big Daddy because they were getting full!
In the greenhouse, the cucumber plants have been taken over by spider mites. This is an annual event, and sometimes the whiteflies join in the party, though it seems to be only the mites this year.
It’s been a good year for the cucumbers, but it’s time to move on. I need to rip out the vines, remove the support cages and prep the beds for fall and winter veggies like spinach and lettuce.
Outside the greenhouse, some of the cold frames are starting to deteriorate. I believe I built the first ones back in 2009, so I have gotten seven growing seasons out of them. The one in the below photo has some definite rot issues going on with the side wall. I hope to be able to replace it this fall, but my to-do list is already getting crowded!
My #1 project this fall is to build a new composter. Back in 2010 I called it my Brown Gold Yugo, but today it is falling down and an eyesore! The old one is built out of pallets, but the new one I am planning will be made from rot resistant red cedar. It will give me a chance to sharpen up my carpentry skills, which have gotten a bit rusty of late. The new one will be a bit closer to the house, and built on a concrete pad where a previous owner had a dog pen.
Another project will be to remove the willow tree that is hanging down over the garden fence. We had the area at the back of the property selectively cleared a few years ago, leaving some trees to grow larger. Unfortunately this one wanted to go sideways instead of upwards, and is now shading the garden. It’s hard to tell in the below photo, but it is actually touching the fence in one spot. I think a single pruning cut is in order, applied near ground level with my trusty chain saw!
I’ll close with something from the bright side. The Thai Rai Kaw Tok squash has vined all over the garden fencing but has yet to set any fruit. Yesterday I found the first female blossom coming on, which is certainly a good sign.
I hope you have enjoyed the photo tour of Happy Acres, warts and all!