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Category: My Veggie Garden | Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:16 pm

well - so far, not so good. Unfortunately our weather hasn't been so great: too much rain, not enough sun and it hasn't even been very warm, not that it ever gets very warm 5 miles from the coast of Northern California, but nevertheless...
But I can't blame all my problems on the weather, I don't think. One thing I really wish I had done is written down and mapped out where I planted what. I'm having a hard time remembering. I did have some lettuce and some radishes come up and a few green beans. My potatoes seem to be doing well as do the strawberries and so far I haven't killed the tomatoes. I do wish that I had kept more of my tomato seedlings though. I only have three good plants and I thought it would be fun to nuture some of my volunteers and see what happens - I chose four (two from my raised bed and two that sprouted out of my daughter's mother's day present which had compost from her teacher's garden) All four of them are still very tiny and growing very slowly in a window sill.
I was very disappointed today to discover some kind of pest in my failed squash seeds. I've posted in the forum about that - hopefully I'll receive some good advice in that department.
All in all, I'm frustrated but not discouraged :)

another infested seed ( photo / image / picture from bhapimama's Garden )

nasty, creepy pests! ( photo / image / picture from bhapimama's Garden )

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Sjoerd wrote on Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:33 pm:

That looks sort of like rodent damage a a shrew or mouse. If the bean was left exposed it could also be a bird.
I have trouble with that sort of problerm in my garden and must generally germinate my seeds in pots indoors and then plant them out later. It really is irritating to discover that damage, isn't it.

BTW--how did the ground look when you first approached the bed where these seeds were? Was it disturbed in any way...or was there nothing out of the ordinary...and you just dug down to investigate?

Its a curious thing. I can absolutely understand your frustration.

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