Gardening 101 Week 18

The bunnies are still trying to overtake my garden. They have all but destroyed my morning glories. The one morning glory that I have growing right now is actually growing up between my beans. I think camouflage was the only way to survive the bunnies this year. Luckily my boys are getting quite good at squirting them with water guns.

Morning Glory in the midst of my beans
Morning Glory in the midst of my beans

My pumpkins and zucchini have kind of taken over the back of my garden. That might be a slight understatement, they are going crazy in the back. So much so that I thought it might be a good idea to trim them back a little. Luckily my mom was coming over because Leighton had his first tee-ball game. She actually suggested that we cut some of the pumpkins back so that each vine going out would only have one pumpkin to feed, thus helping it pour all of its work and nutrients into that one pumpkin to make it the biggest possible.

Crazy pumpkins, zucchini, and pumpkins at the back of the garden
Crazy pumpkins, zucchini, and pumpkins at the back of the garden

It sounded like a great idea (and since my mom has WAY more experience than I do, I was all for it). The problem was figuring out the maze of the different pumpkin vines. We eventually found a couple and chopped off the rest of the vine that was past the first pumpkin that was set on it. It was a little sad cutting the rest of the vine off, especially since one of them had a couple small pumpkins set on farther down. But pruning is like that, you have to sometimes sacrifice some for the betterment of the rest of the plant. I only have a few pumpkins set on, so I will have to do some more pruning this week as more get set on.

one of the pumpkins
one of the pumpkins
Trimming the pumpkin
Trimming the pumpkin
First zucchini!
First zucchini!

I did have my first few zucchini and I am looking forward to making some zucchini bread or some fried zucchini for dinner. It is always fun when the hard work starts to pay off and there actually starts to be a harvest.

The Garden
The Garden

Hope that your garden is doing well! Have a good week!

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