Something decided to dig around in the beets, carrots and onions, then gave the cauliflower a toss for good measure. Whatever it was, it only attacked corners of each crop but it pretty much killed those corners. I hesitate to blame the family of raccoons living in the barn because they are so cute, but I can’t think of what else would selectively (except for the cauliflower) go after plants with tasty roots. I could blame the squirrels (unpleasant little creatures) but I don’t know if squirrels eat beets and carrots.
One positive to come out of the wreckage is that I determined there are (or were) some onions growing. To prevent further destruction, I put the netting back up around the root crops. This time I installed it vertically.
On the bright side, the zucchini are coming right along. There are already at least three squash visible. This one is just about ready to eat:
I can’t tell if the Chiriman is doing anything other than growing leaves. These little buds at the heart of this plant look promising but maybe I’m being overly optimistic.
I have been so anxious to see more lettuce growing that I lost track of the forest, so to speak. The lettuce I have is coming along very well.
In light of the damage to the main cauliflower bed (really they only demolished the row that I had thinned, so the best row but not all of the cauliflower), it is reassuring to see these transplants coming along.
The peas seem to appreciate the weeding I did. I left that thing in the foreground because it is not yet encroaching on the peas and I don’t know what it is. I’m curious to see what it does, as it did not grow in any of the other beds.
The melons continue to demonstrate the drawbacks of a deep planter.
I think that last melon is about five inches long. I did not want to pick it up for fear of disturbing it. The melons in the deep planter are coming along much more slowly, despite having been transplanted a few days earlier than those in the shallow planter, and despite having a drip system dedicated to them. The plants in the shallow planter get by on overspray from the flower bed (45 minutes twice a day). I might wonder if the slower group is getting too much water (45 minutes of drip twice a day plus some extra overspray from the flower bed) but I know melons are notorious water hogs.