Gardening Updates: June


Adventures of Old Nebraska DaveSomehow May has passed me by with great haste and wild abandon. Many things have happened in May. Usually, May is the busiest garden month of the Spring but with ongoing family responsibilities my garden time is cut down to only having enough time to tend three beds out of 12 at Terra Nova Gardens. The rest are covered with tarps to control weeds until such time that I can properly bring them to harvest. I don't see that happening this year. I do have a bucket garden on the back patio with tomatoes and bell peppers. I'm hopeful to get some cucumbers planted as well.


The perimeter of my beds at Terra Nova Gardens are lined with rocks from retaining walls and I'm always on the look out for more rocks. My neighbor just across the road had a load of rocks delivered for his driveway and this is what they delivered. He was thinking gravel and the delivery service was thinking big rocks. So for a few hours of effort I acquired enough rocks to put a second layer on some of the beds. Nice!!


The potatoes are liking the new raised bed and are growing leaps and bounds. They are already on the verge of blooming. The onions are liking the new bed as well. This bed has been planted with half potatoes and half onions. I haven't really had to deal with watering so far this year. We have had rain quite frequently. Some would say too frequently. Flooding has been a major problem this year for many folks. Fortunately, my properties have escaped the water destruction. Others that I know have not been so fortunate.

Bed 12

6/14/2019 9:30:32 AM

Coleen, mice don't seem to be a problem. I haven't looked under the tarps just yet. I know when I started cleaning off the debris and overgrowth eight years ago I found many garter snakes on the property. Now that I have it cleaned off there are no snakes in my garden but the surrounding properties are still wild with out of control growth. I suspect that there is a snake population on those properties that control the mice.***** Same is true for bugs. I haven't had a bug problem in my garden due to the wild turkey patrol. I have the best of natural garden control. ***** Have a great Michigan day and hopefully the weather will start co operating. ***** Nebraska Dave ***** Urban Farmer

6/13/2019 12:48:36 PM

Good to see your garden starting strong. I live in Michigan and the weather has not been co-operating at all this year. May definitely was slow to warm up and all the rain has caused widespread flooding. I too work with a raised bed garden. Its the only way I was able to get started on my beans and corn. Do you have problems with mice making a home under the tarps? I had a tarp over my compost pile and mice have taken over.

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