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.