Quilly’s Garden

My garden is growing quite contrarily! My pepper plants stopped at 4 inches tall and that’s that. They aren’t getting enough heat in our 67 degree Summer.  My broccoli flowered when it was only 2 inches tall!

Everything else is doing great.  As you know, I planted most of my garden in window boxes.  They are absolutely perfect for the deck and I have them out in rows just like a regular garden.

The window box with the lettuces in it has already provided us with several salads and some yummy L for our BLT sandwiches.  In fact, we were enjoying them so much, we planted a second box.  That’s the one you see in the picture foreground that looks like it is mostly dirt.  Just give it some time and it will be salad.

If you ever give any thought to planting a container garden I highly recommend window boxes for your lettuces, herbs, and green onions.  Our dill is going strong.  I already picked some of it for our salad the other night.  I used a little of my fresh cilantro to dress up our salmon & cracker hors d’œuvres. It looked great but was a little over-powering flavor-wise so we ended up picking them off. Alas.

The Transformation

Do you remember my post about that patch of ground I cleared out by the end of our driveway? You know, the one with the 4 foot tall weeds and the big green transformer box?  Here — let me remind you:

Above you see the tangle of weeds and thistle.

Below you see a clean patch of dirt.

If you recall I left those two little rocks there because the 4 year old next door explained that they were very fragile and had to be handled very gently.  I am certain he got the rock message mixed up somehow, but I wasn’t about to be the one to correct him and then have to explain about the broken windows to his parents.

Well, when D wasn’t looking I gently heaved those two rocks into the middle of the vacant lot next door.  Then I got the shovel, the hose, a few bazillion dollars worth of flora, and I created this:


Now every day is a life and death struggle between the slugs and I. I did not plant these beautiful flowers so they could have fresh salad. I bought some Sluggo and it seems to be working. There are about 8 daisies hidden among this splendor that were reduced to stubs, but I see they are rallying. I hope that means they will bloom before the season ends.

Thou Shalt Not Covet …

But I do!  Oh, I do!  Please don’t tell Amoeba, but I have found a multitude of garden planters online that just might want to come and live with us.  That high end planter pictured on the left is definitely making my heart pitter-pitter-patter.  Isn’t it lovely?

I have been having a wonderful time with my deck garden.  Tonight Amoeba finally found a teeny-tiny tomato on one of my plants.  I have already claimed it as mine alone!  Of course, Amoeba isn’t a big fan of tomatoes so he wasn’t overly concerned with my unwillingness to share.

We have already harvested a couple of salads from the variety of lettuce I planted in a window box planter.  In fact, Amoeba enjoyed the fresh lettuce so much, he told me I needed to buy a couple more window boxes and plant another crop or two of mixed greens.  Radishes might grow well in a window box, too, don’t you think?

I also want a couple of matching decorative planters for our big front porch.  I want something that will compliment the hanging basket and the pedestal planter. My theme out front is purple and pink.  I would love to put a Fuchsia plant and some Pansies out there with the Petunias and the Bleeding Heart.

Garden Pests

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In Hawaii — land of the year-round sunshine — my garden was a total bust because I couldn’t keep the snails and myna birds from eating everything before it was even ripe, and I wouldn’t kill them. Here we have other creatures to contend with. Some bother the garden. Some bother the garbage. Some just “bother”.

I was really excited about starting a garden until Amoeba reminded me that the deer short-cut through our yard on a regular basis. They’d probably really like it if I planted a snack or two for them. Me, not so much. So I’ve been looking up humane ways that I could have a garden and not have the garden pests.

Controlling the rabbits without killing them wouldn’t be a problem. An Havahart Easy Set Small Animal Trap or two would collect them quite nicely.  And an Havahart Easy Set Large Animal Trap would get rid of the Raccoon stalking the neighborhood garbage cans.  The traps are made of sturdy wire mesh and designed so that once the animal walks in to get the bait, it can’t get back out again until the cage is opened. Havahart even provides Animal Trapping Tips so that the animals can be humanely captured and then released into the wild with complete safety to both the animal and the human releasing it.

Since putting up an electrified fence isn’t an option, I have been looking at the Havahart deer repellents. My sister introduced me to a really cool one — an automated sprinkler that detects motion and shoots a hard spray of water at the invader.  Havahart calls their version “Spray Away” and it is said to work on deer, dogs, raccoons, groundhogs, opossum, skunks, cats, rabbits, squirrels, and geese. My sister has her’s out by her coy pond, and it also keeps the Heron away.

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