Great Garden Haul Vol. 33 – Petworth

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“Grown by Ben and Liz in Petworth!

Pumpkins, spaghetti squash, eggplant, bell peppers, tomatoes, parsley, basil, sunflowers, and a watermelon.”

Ed. Note: When your gardens start to get full of tomatoes, cucumbers, whatever you’re growing – send an email to [email protected] with Garden Haul in the title and please include the neighborhood where you grew it. Labor Day is the cut off to send yours in!

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  • I Dont Get It

    Okay now y’all are just showing off! 😉

  • Congratulations of your harvest! I have a question: Can you please, please, please tell me what I’m doing wrong with growing my watermelons??? For the second year in a row, the leaves have developed fungus/insects/SOMETHING that makes them turn yellow and the fruit never grows to maturity. I’m baffled!!

    • Sorry about your watermelons! This is the first year we have grown them and I honestly think we just lucked out. Others I’ve talked to this year aren’t having much luck with their watermelons either – the plants are ok but they aren’t fruiting for some reason.

      Have you tried amending the soil a bit? My understanding is that watermelons need sandy, well drained soil. I wonder if the soil isn’t draining enough and the extra water may be causing rot? Or maybe you are planting them a little too early/late? We planted our seedlings in April and they just started producing about 3 weeks ago. It took a while for the plants to really take off.

      Not sure if that is helpful, hope it works out better for you next time!

  • How do you keep the rats away?? You must be doing something right if your tomatoes look that good! Everything we have tried has been pretty useless (granted we aren’t using any rodenticide because we have pets, and also no traps…so just deterrents).

    Thanks in advance for any advice!

    • Ugh that stinks! Not sure what exactly we are doing right, but I thought of three things that may help:

      1. Try putting potted mint near your veggies. I’ve heard that rats don’t like the taste/smell of mint and we have a ton of wild mint near our garden. Mint can get out of hand though – it spreads like a weed, so it’s best to keep it in a pot (which you can still plant in the ground if you prefer).

      2. Never tried this, but I think you can buy pellets that are basically scented with urine from a rat predator, like from a fox or something. Kind of gross, but may be a non-toxic way to take care of the problem.

      3. Do you have a compost pile or trash cans near your garden? Moving these away may help keep the rats away as well.

      Good luck!

      • Thanks! We have a little mint but definitely not enough or close enough to the tomatoes to help I think. We’ll probably go buy the predator urine this weekend. Definitely not too grossed out by it, it worked for the snaked that lived in our yard in Florida!

        Thanks again!

  • That is definitely helpful. Thanks!!

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