After last year’s failure in my shady yard, I had a landscaper clear some trees and bushes away, fencing a new area for my garden where there would be more sunlight. So far I planted “Silver Queen” and “Peaches and Cream” (bi-color) sweet corns alternating the rows of each. I also planted Cucumber, Watermelon and Pumpkin seeds. After a little over a week, the corn, cucumber, sunflower and pumpkin seeds germinated and could be seen breaking the soil surface. There has been quite a bit of rain lately, but when it doesn’t rain, I have been watering the garden with an osciillating sprinkler
for 30 minutes in the morning.
I also bought eggplant and pepper plants from a garden center and heirloom tomato plants from a farm plant sale. The heirlooms included Ramapo, Husky Red, Sweet Chelsea, Czech Bush and Early Girl. I bought one Roma Tomato plant from Walmart. I planted them approximately 24 inches apart and immediately put them in tomato cages.
July 22, 2012 – So far I picked a few small tomatoes and everything is growing pretty well. The peppers are kinda small and the eggplants have many flowers but no fruit as of yet. I noticed some missing tomatoes so I think there may be an animal getting into the garden. I checked the fence and found some places where the fence had some openings and closed them. I am going to install a wildlife camera to monitor the situation.
After installing the camera, I didn’t find any large animals in the garden, but mostly the damage was from squirrels and groundhogs or rabbits.