Garden Happenings

Despite the cooler weather, the garden is beginning to grow.

The lettuce and broccoli are loving the cooler temps,

lettuce and broccoli lettuce

but the tomatoes and peppers are wishing for more heat.


I’ve been trying to use companion plants to keep bugs at bay and help with increased yields and flavors.

Borage planted with tomatoes is said to enhance the flavor of tomatoes.  Basil is said to increase the yields,

Borage in the foreground, marigolds in the back

Borage in the foreground, marigolds in the back

and marigolds are said to repel the tomato hornworm.  My tomatoes are surrounded by all three.

I’m one of those people who say, “if one works well, three should work great!”

I also planted marigolds around my squash, cucumbers, watermelons and cantaloupe.  This should help with squash bugs.

Squash bugs are mean.


I’ve also planted radishes with the squash and above foods listed.  They also help repel pesky bad bugs.  I’ll let you know how it works.  I really, really, really want squash this year.  (see what I mean?  One ‘really’ would suffice the conversation, but three ‘really’s’ say I mean business)

I’m tough that way.

My husband’s potato bed is looking good despite a few Colorado beetles.


I planted nasturtiums around the bed to help attract predatory bugs that eat the bad bugs.


I have also been very diligent about picking the bugs off so I’m not sure which is helping the most.  I have to confess, I have this weird fascination/obsession about picking the beetles and feeding them to the chickens.  I just sit and watch the chickens devour those bad boys and feel good about it.

Sick, I know.


They love their bug treats!

The onions are looking strangely like a Chihuly glass sculpture.

onion onion

This is my sweet corn.


I swear every year I am not going to grow corn, but every year I do.  Usually the raccoons eat every ear but this year I have surrounded the corn with cucumbers and squash.  Supposedly, raccoons won’t walk on the fuzzy, prickly leaves to get to the corn.


We’ll see.


About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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16 Responses to Garden Happenings

  1. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Love your art glass onions! Native Americans used the “Three Sisters” companion planting of corn, beans, and squash. I can’t wait to hear how your companion plantings work and if it’s true about raccoons not walking on squash and cucumber leaves!


  2. Hey, if I had chickens I would definitely be feeding them beetles and any other pests that came into my clutches. I might even place my favorite lawn chair so that I could watch in comfort. I’m thinking I could also wear a Roman toga and, as I am turning over the pests, give the chickens my most imperial thumbs down sign so that they know what I want them to do.


  3. Jean Alexander says:

    Wanted to leave you a picture. Sorry can’t figure it out!


  4. Having some of the same problems – not warm enough for the tomatoes and peppers; probably won’t have any tomatoes at all this year. They are finally blooming but… You remind me of Momma with your idea that “if one works well, three should work great!” We always called her the Lily Gilder because she’d keep piling it on. Can’t really grow lettuce here, ever, in my opinion because you never know when an 80 degree day will pop up in December. Lettuce and onions are winter crops here. Hope you can RECEIVE email cuz I sentcha one.


    • yes, Linda I did receive the email and your naked ladies are on their way! You probably already know this but you plant them about 5-6 inches deep. In the spring only the foliage comes up, then after a couple of months it dies back and then the flower comes up in August (around here anyway) I just dug them a few days ago after the foliage had died back so I hope they will bloom for you this year. Brenda


  5. I also companion plant and need to add a few more companions this weekend. My tomatoes and peppers are struggling with this cool weather after having very hot weather.


  6. bhoyt10 says:

    Your garden is looking great!


  7. The Dancing Rider says:

    Those onions are strange! Very sculptural….. I got a weird understanding of your feeding the beetles to the chickens. As for raccoons, we get urban raccoons and those things are HUGE! They come through and clean out our outdoor cat kibble in two minutes flat. Hope that plan works for the corn. I’m amazed at all you do!


  8. I’m so interested in your methods! I love the laughter after, “Supposedly, raccoons won’t walk on the fuzzy, prickly leaves to get to the corn.” It made me laugh, too!


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