The major problem I’m having this year, aside from boxelder bugs, is trellising. I didn’t anticipate how big the plants were going to get. Usually a tomato cage is big enough to hold a cucumber plant, but look at them this year:
And my peas wanted more sun and more room to grow:
I’m concerned about my melons, which have at least another month to grow before they produce fruit and are already overflowing their bed:
I have two crane melons and a boule d’Or melon in this bed, plus French green beans. Behind, you can see the hop plants, which are looking like they may produce a lot of hop flowers this year. I can’t wait to see what kind of beer Mr. Savvy makes with them.
I’ve learned a lot already. I’ve learned about leafminers and to never plant beans and onions next to each other because it turns the beans a weird yellowish color. I learned that my method of planting peas doesn’t work that well and that I need to give them lots of sun and a good trellis. Everything that vines needs a good trellis.
In terms of pests, I’ve had new ones to deal with this year. Cucumber beetles have been munching on the beans, grasshoppers have been eating flowers, and then there are these shiny black beetles eating my blueberries and strawberries. I don’t know what they are, yet. On the bright side, aphids aren’t much of a problem, in part because my garden is crawling with ladybugs.
How’s your garden growing?