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#1 homeschoolmama


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Posted July 01 2015 - 12:20 PM

I put my first two blog posts about our 16'x8' deck garden up.


We're fighting with the squirrels at the moment, but you can see how everything's doing, all the same.


Here's our first part - which shows a digital rendering of the entire deck as well as how the garden was taking off.



And here's today's post - mostly about my fight against the squirrels, but with some fun photos showing how well the plants have grown in three weeks time.


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Posted July 01 2015 - 02:18 PM


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Posted July 12 2015 - 04:04 PM

There is an enormous storm coming our way this evening, so quick before it hits - just in case my garden is destroyed, I wanted to share our enormous plants as of today.


tomatoes_zpsdkxiuhly.jpg  Our tomatoes are easily 7' high as of right now. I see at least 60 tomatoes, and that many blossoms as well. The parsnips that are underplanted - look like a  pretty carpet of green fluffiness. We'll see how they turn out in a few months still.


trellis_zpsdchqw90h.jpgThe trellis is finally working! The zucchini are nearly at the top, and the cucumbers and melons JUST started reaching above the deck-rail this morning. I have counted four squash-blossoms already, and saw two cucumber blossoms as well.



The peppers are inter-planted with our marigolds, and I counted 27 peppers longer than my finger this  morning.


herbs_zps3ehxaztv.jpgAnd our herbs, as always, are doing amazingly well. The squirrels won with the strawberries. It looks as if I never even planted anything in the bed - they've dragged off the plants and left nothing but bare soil! Gah!

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Posted July 12 2015 - 06:50 PM


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Posted July 12 2015 - 10:59 PM

What you have done in a small (but very nice) outside area is just wonderful!  


Seriously...that is so impressive it has even given me some ideas for a little but good and sunny area that hasn't been available to me until this summer (after an old and big tree fell down this spring).


Kudos!  :)

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Posted July 13 2015 - 04:35 AM

op-damn girl you are dedicated....very impressed with the variety......i'm going all tomatoe and pumpkin this year with 1 cucumber plant and 1 broccoli

about the strawberries.....you can use chicken wire to form a box over them....strawberries don't grow tall so it wont be ugly.someone else I know used a big dog cage to grow some veggies that her squirrels were eating...you can paint the cage or chicken wire a nice color so its not awful looking


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Posted July 16 2015 - 01:03 PM

Thank you all so much! My entire family has worked to make this garden into the absolute most that it can be. Our goal each year is to produce so much that we are forced to share. This year... we just might achieve that!


I know it's only been four days, but my zucchini vines literally grew 18" overnight last night, and are now being trained across the trellis "roof". I just had to share more photos!



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Posted July 16 2015 - 01:30 PM

Very nice!

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Posted July 17 2015 - 11:10 PM

Inspiring. I'm moving somewhere soon where I can't plant a garden in the ground but I'm thinking of getting a few pots.

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Posted July 19 2015 - 06:21 PM

Didn't expect much from these peppers on our rather windy and not too sunny terrace. Woot, these two will be part of dinner tomorrow.

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Posted July 21 2015 - 05:47 PM

Wow, I LOVE your peppers! So colorful! Do you do anything to amend the soil?

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Posted August 01 2015 - 06:11 PM

has anyone been watching the thing about grounding? all you need is a steel or copper rod driven in the ground with a wire hooked to it, and on the other end another small rod pushed down into the pot. it seems all living things need that ground connection. Im about to try it out....  as for peppers, they dont need too much nitrogen and they like magnesium ( epsom salts mixed with water 1 teaspoon per gallon) sprayed on their leaves once in awhile, before they flower

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Posted August 01 2015 - 06:20 PM

It is great to see such progress with your garden!   Nice!!!!  :)



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Posted August 07 2015 - 09:39 AM

I just posted another update. Our garden is still booming, and we're starting to harvest!




We even harvested a full half-pound of peppermint! And I need to cut it back again! I'm also starting to evaluate towards next year's garden as well, for those who like to know what worked & what didn't.

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Posted August 07 2015 - 09:42 AM

Here is an update, you are real.

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Posted August 10 2015 - 08:47 AM

Lovely garden, Sugar.   The chicken wire hint someone gave you works wonderfully well, too.   I have to put the wire over the top of all our containers to keep the barn cats and chickens out of the plantings.   I'm sure it'd work great for keeping squirrels from dragging off your strawberry plants.


They're still going to eat your berries thru the wire,   :)  But at least you'll have the plants.


We put all our strawberries in hanging baskets and built a mini-pergola for them right off the front porch.   Squirrels don't get that close to our house usually.  

Edited by Blu3sLady, August 10 2015 - 08:49 AM.

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