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Early crops fading

21 Jun 2012
Storms 29°C / 84°F

I pulled the peas and the snowpeas. Not so much because they were really done as because the rabbit keeps eating the new growth, so they’re going to stop bearing. I’m glad (ish) that I finally did regular English peas, but I think I won’t do them again. In order to really get a good harvest I need to grow more than I really have the space for, and I really need better rabbit proofing. Probably would have had triple or more the fruit if the poor plants just had a chance to keep growing.

Most of the tomatoes and peppers have flowered. Some of the smaller starts are lagging a bit. They are incredibly sturdy this year. The corn is on track to be “knee high by the fourth of July” and all its companion beans are in.

The veggie beds are insanely weedy this year, maybe because of the heat, maybe b because I didn’t let the compost cook enough before using it. The soil is also more than usually sandy; not sure what would be causing this, as I’ve been adding compost on top for literally decades, yet this year all of a sudden the underlying sand is migrating up to the surface. Consequently it drains like a sieve.

Made a nice trellis for the tomatillos out of old Christmas tree boles. There’s a picture, but it’s still in my camera. (later, gater)


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Thanks for sharing your recent experiences and thoughts. I too have rabbit problems. My gardens are former flower beds all over my yard and along the lot lines, so fencing is not really an option. A gardener friend suggested I plant my beans and such in containers and put them up on the picnic table till they get big enough that the rabbits would not want them. Sounds from what you wrote that their interest does not necessarily wane with the beans and such get past the new sprout and 1-2 leaves phase like my friend had experienced.

Posted on 21 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

In the past, the rabbits left the beans alone if they got past the sprout stage, but this little guy is chowing down on quite mature plants. It’s a dilemma. I redid the chicken wire on one plot, and need to get some for the other one as well or my three sisters will be orphans, lol.

Posted on 22 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)
Tralamander

Tralamander

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It’s been birds, not rabbits, that have got to our peas this year. :(

Posted on 22 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

I don’t like hearing that rabbit is interested in taller beans/peas. Burst my bubble. I can soooo relate to sandy soil. I deal with excessively drained soil that contains some small pebbles and rocks. One thing I had success with (three years ago) was adding kitty litter (clean from the bag, pure…. not scented or anything like that) I think I added a big bag to a 4’ by 7’ bed and noticed since then that the soil is that bed is better than my other two in that same area and waaaay better than anything in the vegetable garden. I’m waiting to find time to add 3 bags I’m storing to the veg garden. I’d like to put down a 1/2 inch layer but I don’t have enough to do that. Anyway….something to think about.

Posted on 23 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

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