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Our lettuce looked promising when we transplanted it.

Our lettuce looked promising when we transplanted it, but it hasn’t grown much bigger than this.

As some of our space cleared from summer vegetables that stopped producing or died, we were really excited to plant our fall garden. Peas could go where the cucumber was, lettuce could take over the first bed, Brussels sprouts and broccoli could fill in wherever they’d fit. It was a great plan, or so we thought.

We should have known that when multiple sowings of lettuce, spinach and broccoli seed never sprouted that it was probably a bad sign. I assumed we hadn’t watered them enough, the seeds were bad, something. So we decided to try to start everything in pots and transplant where needed later.

This part worked wonderfully. We had lots of baby lettuce and almost a dozen Brussels sprouts plants.

The peas we planted in place started to sprout and grow. It looked promising.

But looking promising and being productive are two different things, and our fall garden excitement quickly turned to disappointment.

The lettuce transplants look great, but they aren’t any bigger than the day we put them in the raised beds. All the Brussels sprouts either wilted or had their leaves chewed by something. And the kale we tried to grow in a pot? Knocked over and spilled everywhere –probably as a result of the squirrels trying to bury acorns wherever they can.

While it was unfortunate we couldn’t keep the harvest going into the cooler months, we’ll try again next year. And we hope, with a little more planning, we’ll have a fantastic fall garden.

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Well, we’ve successfully beat the squash vine borer and our yellow squash actually has fruit on it!!!! The jalapenos are indestructible (despite everything else around it floundering) and a few more eggplants are growing.

That’s about the only good thing happening in our garden right now. Tomato plants are barely producing (harvests are few and far between), our cucumbers were thriving until I found a spotted cucumber beetle (too late to save the plants), the green beans have a form of bacterial blight and one row completely died, and the deer are back (and chewed all the leaves off our Brussels sprouts).

Meanwhile, we visited my parents last weekend and they let us take a huge bowl full of grape tomatoes, and like last year, everything is doing well for them. =/

Because it’s been such a problem year, we’re just letting it go and planning ahead for next year. Our plan is to replace the majority of the soil in all the beds to get rid of any pests or diseases lurking in the ground. We’re also going to add a hefty amount of compost and leaves and other nutrients to the soil. Finally, we’re going to rip out the weed barrier we put in the first year and till the ground underneath so the plants can grow deep in the soil.

We might add another section of our square frames to make it even deeper. I thought we were on the right track this year, but apparently not. Matt’s about ready to give up. But I see this as a challenge and we will have a successful garden (that’s my new mantra). It just may take us a few years to get there.

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