Much of the garden is in despite cold, wind, torrential rains (April and May both broke records for rain), hail, flooded basement twice and bugs.
So far, 22 tomatoes, 6 eggplant, 15 peppers and three 8-ball squash are in their containers - have 6 containers ready for cukes and melons. Onions, leeks, shallots, beets, lettuce, spinach, basil and tons of herbs are in the raised beds. I have brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower to plant in a raised bed. Carrots, radish, turnips and arugula - I just haven't had time. Kale, more lettuce, spinach, beets and other plants will go in later in the season.
I had the containers mostly ready to be planted (cleaned all the pots, mixed the soil and filled) and DH helped level and moved things into an orderly fashion this weekend. I was feeling pretty good (and VERY tired) about the containers until I remembered that we do have those 6 containers to go. But, that will take about 1/2 - 1 hour (more?) depending on whether things go as "planned."
We were gardening in a very small space - just containers. I think it was maybe 12 by 15' or even smaller. We expanded that to about 35 x35' (maybe larger) actual planting area and built 5 raised beds (3 are 3x8x20" deep and 2 are 4x8x12"deep). We have hauled topsoil, compost, manure and mulch from the driveway to the back of the property. We have put newspaper down to kill off the grass and covered with mulch. The area is somewhat sloped so leveling every container took time and DH worked VERY hard this weekend to do that. The result is quite attractive with the rows of containers appearing to be terraced. The space between rows is very comfortable.
We woke up this morning to a severe thunderstorm, hail and high winds. High winds and 90 degree temps is enough to keep me out of the garden. Once the wind calmed down a bit, we "strolled" through the garden feeling pleased until we found striped cucumber beetles on the squash (they took out the cukes last year). So out came the pyrethrin/rotenone (not sure I want to use that again) and the plants were sprayed along with the eggplants that are in very close proximity.
So the answer is "no" - we're not done but we have sure put in a lot of garden time. I'm certain a lot of other folks can relate to weather, increasing garden space and then having other things crop up along the way. It has been a most unusual weather season so far. I hope that will change.
Is there any good cure for cucumber beetles or will I have to give up on that family of plants?