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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Garden Update

Our new garden expansion seems to be doing great, with the exception of a corner we knew had a lot of clay in it. After this growing season we will concentrate on adding compost and such in bulk to that particular area.

We're nearing our first squash harvest of the year and I can't wait. There isn't much I like more than sliced squash marinated in balsamic vinegar, olive oil and garlic and thrown on the grill. 

By the way, we took a tip we read and planted radishes under our squash plants (to go to seed) in hopes that it would help ward off vine borers. It's still early in the year, so we're keeping an eye on them to see if it helps. They killed all of our plants early on last year. This year I'm also doing some succession planting of squash just in case.


  1. I've never heard of planting radishes under squash. I didn't plant any squash this year because of vine borers. I'm going to have to try that! Thanks for sharing.

    1. We've lost a lot of squash in recent years to vine borers too, each year getting worse. I've read in several places about radishes helping if planted under and around squash plants, and the trick being that you just leave the radishes alone and let them go to seed. We just pulled our first harvest of yellow squash and black zucchini this past weekend and the plants are looking great. I'm hoping it helps, but I am also doing some succession planting just in case.


I have a virtual open door policy for thoughts and suggestions, and I'd love to hear what you have to say!