With the front part of the garden planted, I needed to work on the back 14 feet. There was still grass and rocks that needed to be removed and more soil to be added. Again, I questioned my sanity as I dug out the sod and attempted to get the soil out of the roots in the hot sun. With such lovely soil it should have been easy, but I kept hitting very hard objects. These hard objects were not small, moving the shovel over a couple inches did not work, I uncovered the first brick under six inches of soil and put it next to the garden. Soon, I realized that I had uncovered a stash of bricks that were probably buried when the house was built. After several hours working in this area I was still not done clearing the area, but my body was DONE. It has not recovered yet but hopefully this week, my memory will forget about this, and I’ll be able to finish this part of the garden.
I was so quick to pat myself on the back with my seeds germinating and after just one day with the little squash leaves showing, they were pulled out. Rabbits maybe, squirrels, who knows but they were strewn about like a tiny little hurricane went around my four mounds of squash plants. O.K. I thought, I can rise to the challenge. With some bird netting and a short wire fence I created a cage for the four squash and one cucumber mounds.
This cage appears to be working, the squash plants and the cucumber have germinated and are growing. The unfortunate part is that it is not easy to get into this area to pull errant grass or weeds but for now I’m just going to let everything be.
Two squash plants as of June 12. Keep your fingers crossed!