2012 Potager: Birds, Bunnies and Bugs

Charlie started planting the garden using the following plan on or about May 1st.

The May 1st proposed planting guide.

The list of crops and square positions are as follows:

  1. Blue Lake Pole Beans
  2. Radishes/Sun Gold tomatoes
  3. Peas/Collards
  4. Collards/Radishes
  5. Runner cukes Hybrid II
  6. SunGold tomatoes
  7. Bush cukes Burpfree
  8. Onions/parsley
  9. Bush beans Tavera
  10. Pink tomatoes
  11. Bush cukes Picklebush
  12. Basil
  13. Squash
  14. Pink tomatoes
  15. Bush beans French filet
  16. Bush beans Tenderpick

But his plans went awry when all of the cucumber plants were dessimated by bunnies and birds and bugs.  Not one remained. So Charlie bought and planted some starts and covered the plants with wire fencing which covered 4 sides and the top of the garden square.

Tomato teepees are multiplying.

Then we had a problem getting our beloved Sun Gold tomatoes.

The potager viewed from its entrance.

To make a short story long we went out to pick up carry-out crabcakes.  While we were driving Charlie yelled that he saw paper money on the road. Both he and son wanted to go back and get the money.  I thought they were kidding so I kept driving.

A couple of miles down the road they were both shocked that I hadn’t turned around so I did.  We U-turned twice and came back to the spot where they spotted the money and sure enough, two $5 bills. They were happy, I was happy.

Once again en route to crabcakes we saw an impromptu flower stand selling vegetable starts.  That’s right, they had  Sun Gold tomato starts.  We bought six and were on our way.

Charlie planted the tomatoes which were droopy due to 98 degree weather and gave them a good drink of water.

With all the unforseen circumstances the garden now looks more like this.

The 2012 Potager on June 1st.

The list of crops and square positions are as follows:

  1. Blue Lake Pole Beans
  2. Vining cucumbers
  3. Peas/Collards
  4. Collards/Parsley
  5. Runner cukes Hybrid II
  6. SunGold tomatoes
  7. Bush cukes Burpfree/SunGold tomatoes
  8. Onions/parsley/SunGold tomatoes
  9. Bush beans Tavera
  10. Pink tomatoes
  11. Bush cukes Picklebush/Basil
  12. Basil
  13. Squash
  14. Pink tomatoes
  15. Bush beans French filet
  16. Bush beans Tenderpick

So plans change.

Are your plans changing??

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9 responses to “2012 Potager: Birds, Bunnies and Bugs

  1. Crafty Gardener

    You’ve got a great support team there for the veggies. Everything looks wonderful. I’m sure you are looking forward to the harvest.

  2. What program are you using to do the computer layout of the garden?

    • I’m just using “paint” (sometimes called “paint box”) which is an accessory program that came with the computer. Very basic. I make a shape copy and paste it. Jo

  3. I feel your pain with the cuke starts–for the last 2 years, I’ve lost most of them the first 2 times I planted them out, but 3rd times the charm–combination of the weather warming and dumb luck! And how fortuitous about the Sungold tomatoes–well done!

  4. I like that you’re so organized with your gardens. I need to do this!
    Brenda

    • We can see the garden from the house and from the street so everybody sees it. The neighbors also seem to like the tidiness of it. Thansk for the nice comment. Jo

  5. I think you aren’t an honest gardener if you say that your plans never change! Between over estimating time & energy and then the will of Mother Nature, one must be flexable. Your garden is looking great , eben with all of your early challenges.

  6. Let’s hope your sungold’s really are that- last year my friend went to a side-road stand and pick out a bunch of heirloom tomatoes. Like 10. And every one turned out to be a cherry tomato. Every. one. :-) But I’m sure yours will be OK!

    • Oddly enough, although the plants were spindly, they had tomatoes on them. They are actually our first fruits of the season and they’re good. When your friend gets a good heirloom she just needs to save the seeds (harder than it sounds, I know). Jo

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