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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Even experienced gardeners have their troubles

Even experienced gardeners have their troubles at times.

Out in my vegetable garden, something has eaten all the leaves off the pole beans and edamame.  My guess is it is rabbits doing the eating.

I've done nothing to keep them away.  I really should get out some spoons and forks to set up my mini fortresses.

(Rabbits here. We don't know why she blames us. Burp. Excuse me, I ate too many bean leaves today. I really do need to go on a diet. If I get much fatter and slower, even Carol might be able to catch me.)
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Even experienced gardeners have their troubles at times.

My corn is barely going to be knee high by the fourth of July.
It's a bit embarrassing to have corn this short this far into the growing season.  Absolutely embarrassing. I hope no one finds out about my corn.

(Garden fairies here. Do you wonder why Carol writes something about hoping no one finds out about her corn and then she posts a picture of it on her blog and writes about it? And there is a rumor that she wrote her short corn for her newspaper column for this week. We are garden fairies, we think that's just a little, well, odd.
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Even experienced gardeners have their troubles at times.

I looked outside this afternoon and was horrified to see the witch hazel with dried up leaves.  I sounded the watering alarm and commenced to watering it and the plants around it, thoroughly soaking the ground. I hope I got to the shrub in time.

(Dr. Hortfreud here:  Carol sure has her troubles. However, I am not at liberty to divulge most of them. But I can say this. Carol has her share of problems but she is working through them with me, a little at a time.  I currently have my hands full and am not accepting new patients. However, you may place your name on a wait list maintained by my assistant, Miss Jane Hortaway.)

12 comments:

Beth said...

It's always something isn't it? And sometimes it's two or three somethings all at once.

Mary Ellen said...

It seems to be a hard year all around in the gardens. I planted 25 lavender plants and there are thousands of tiny bugs eating them like candy!

Layanee said...

Oh, dear...the corn here is high enough but all else got a late start. I may have to dig for tomatoes. May it be a long and warm season with plenty of rain.

ProfessorRoush said...

...I think I need to go check my Witch Hazel.

Aaron Gardener said...

Thanks for your confession. It made me feel better that my okra seedlings are only ankle-high! ;-)

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

My corn is barely knee high too Carol, and I have the same thing on some of my beans. I still wonder what ate the green beans which are high above where rabbits tread.~~Dee

Commonweeder said...

I've got my problems, and Dr. Hortfreud cannot help. Rabbits have no inhibitions, but I have a couple.

Gail said...

It's brutal out there for a veggie gardener~Watering isn't the same as rain...

africanaussie said...

I thought my lettuces were looking pretty good until I went to offer my neighbor some excess cucumbers, and her lettuces are HUGE. I thought all your little garden friends were there to help, not hinder the progress....

Gwendolen's Garden said...

Despite what felt like an early spring, I got my garden in no earlier than usual. Still, in the end, that corn will be sweet, those tomatoes will taste like nothing else, and my family will feast - be it July or August...and, the pumpkins will always be ready for October...

Wiley37 said...

It's not rabbits with the beans. It's some kind of bug. I planted my beans for the FIRST time in their usual spot. Leaves mowed off like yours. I thought rabbits and replanted in my bed that is wrapped in mesh deer fencing. Beans came up and again leaves are gone. The peas that were next to them were fine and I harvested them at the beginning of June. I am going to replant and use my pepper and garlic spray on them as soon as they come up. Kerry

Jennifer said...

Drought. Groundhogs. Rabbits. It ain't easy growing food. I will have a bumper crop of basil though. The creatures avoid it and it loves the heat.