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Vegetable garden progress & more things I learned

Week 1 or ~ Day 2
Vegetable box A - early JulyVegetable box B - early July

Week 5 or ~ Day 30
Vegetable box A - day 30Vegetable box B - day 30

Day 42!
Vegetable box A - day 42Vegetable box B - day 42

Wow, you can see how much bigger the peas and lettuce are, and they're still growing. The tomatoes are now producing regularly (except the crows have stolen at least 4 ripe tomatoes...), and we're eating snow peas!

I've pulled up all the radishes and mustard greens and replanted with more lettuce, beets, and peas. I'm not sure how much I can keep planting before our first frost date in early October.

More things I've learned:

Thinning is very important to allow plants to grow big. Most of my radishes didn't get bigger than 1 cm (and were inedible) because I didn't thin out as many as I should. The little odd ones sprouting off by themselves grew delightfully big & sharp. Also, see all my lettuce? Most of the Black Seeded Simpson is staying baby lettuce size, and it's almost at mature age. It's still tasty, but if I had thinned it sooner, jimminy crickets I might have had lettuce as big as in this video. Going to experiment some more here.

Crows will eat tomatoes. Ugh. I'm hoping the hawk in our neighbours' yard will step up as the bouncer. This is going to be a problem when I start growing berries.

Norli snow peas are dwarf snow peas. I found out that's why they didn't grow higher than two feet and the pods are in miniature. The other two kinds are doing their best to show my trellis who's the boss.

Garlic is best planted in the fall. Going to try this out soon. Did I mention flea beetles hate garlic?

Flea beetles don't like hot cayenne sprinkled on the garden, or hot paprika. Take that, buggers! Though I'm wondering if the cabbage will be pre-spiced on the inside.

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