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Garden Update ~ 6/26: A much needed drink…

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We finally got a good rain here with a 2″ +  on Saturday night. It totally amazes me what a difference rain water can make in my garden. I can water it all I want with my hose, but it just doesn’t compare to the real deal. I can’t believe how much my plants shot up after the rain!

Here’s what’s going in my garden right now!

blankblankblankblankKale that keeps growing and growing and growing. Do you want some? I cut it off; it grows back. I can’t keep up!

And here are some challenges we’re facing:

blankI’ve seen a few of these in my garden – eating my green bean plants. They are all over around the perimeter of our property, though. I’m definitely worried about these nasty creatures. I don’t know how to deal with them if they do become the problem I’m sure they will become.

I’ve got the dreaded cucumber beetle again. I fought them hard last year and lost. I’m not sure how I will attack them this year. I’ll be making more homemade traps – even though it didn’t work last year. I’ve got diatomaceous earth on order and in the mean time, I’m smashing every blasted one I can get my hands on. If you have any tips for dealing with cucumber beetles, I’d sure love to hear.

How’s your garden growing?

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankDena says

    Cornmeal works great for getting rid of pests in the garden.Lightly dusting is the quickest and easiest way to go.It worked in my garden.I had tomatoes,cucumbers,bell peppers,squash and carrots.It won’t harm your plants 🙂

  2. blankAthena at Minerva's Garden says

    Look at that cauliflower–gorgeous! And I’d love some of that kale–I can’t grow it easily here due to cabbage moths that destroy it. My garden is growing pretty well, considering how cold and rainy it has been for this time of year. But, I’ve got lovely lettuces and peas right now. Growing 48 tomato plants, plus eggplant and peppers, all under plastic, to try to warm it up overnight when the temps. drop.

  3. blankBarb @ A Life in Balance says

    Your garden looks beautiful! I wish we could exchange Swiss Chard and Kale. I have so much Swiss Chard right now.

    We have Japanese beetles, too. I’ve only seen them on the grapevines. Not too many so far.

  4. blankKelly Klepfer says

    My daughter and I volunteer at an organic farm. The farmer gave us the following recipe. Chop and simmer (for about 20 minutes) several cloves of garlic. Let cool. Strain garlic out, keeping the garlic water. Add a teaspoon or two of your hottest pepper sauce or spice, 1 drop of dish soap (we used Seventh Generation), 2 teaspoons oil and enough water to equal one gallon. Spray this on all the plants you want to protect from the nasty beetles. They don’t like it. We had some on our raspberry and grapevines and they had been going to town turning the leaves into lace. They have left. So it worked for us.

  5. blankmjskit says

    Your garden looks wonderful! I’m so jealous! It’s been years since I’ve been able to have a garden like that! Nothing like picking fresh vegetables in the back yard.

  6. blankAmy says

    Our problem is not enough rain. It’s not enough sun. 🙁 We’re still waiting for summer’s official entrance here in Oregon. Our garden is doing OK. Tomato plants are flowering.

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