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S.E. in Michigan is doing 10 things including…

plant a garden

10 cheers


S.E. has written 9 entries about this goal


We’ve gotten a lot of green beans, a lot of zucchini and squash, and are now getting some ripe tomatoes. I haven’t tried picking any lettuce or Swiss chard. The lettuce kind of turns me off because the leaves don’t look like huge adult leaves. I guess I’m kind of expecting the plants to look like the heads of Romaine at the grocery store. : P I haven’t picked any eggplant yet because they don’t look big enough – but maybe I’m also judging these by the grocery store standard.

The zucchini and squash plants look like they’ve gotten powdery mildew, but they’re still producing a lot of healthy looking fruit.

I guess I’m going to wrap up this goal pretty soon. Maybe one or two more updates and then I’ll mark this as done.

Mini-goal for today:

Spray the garden with Neem

Things to do this weekend:

Tie up or cut squash/zucchini leaves, away from other vegetables

Figure out how to deal with ant problem, and do something about it!

Figure out how to deal with other bugs, and do something about it

See that the flower bed is completely dug out

Thin the vegetables grown from seed (My brother thinned the beets)

Mini-goal for the garden today

Research more garden needs for 30 minutes

Edit: 15 minutes research

I think we’ll have to cut back some of the leaves of the zucchini and squash, or tie some of the leaves onto posts, because they’re smothering the green peppers and starting to grow over the cabbage and eggplant.

Veggie Garden Update

Everything is growing really well – in fact there is quite a bit of crowding. The pepper plants are being crowded by the tomatoes, squash, and zucchini. Next year we’ll have to space things out more and probably get another raised bed for even more plants.


Did some more planting today, and my brother and father finally started digging out the butterfly garden bed. More updates to come. : )

Butterfly Garden

I finally sat down and sketched out a diagram of the butterfly garden. It is shaped like a pie slice with a 90 degree angle. The straight sides are 7’ and the arc is calculated as 10.99’, which for border purposes will be rounded down perhaps by a whole foot, because of the side borders intersecting with the arc border. The border is going to be two bricks tall. The flowers in order of tallest to shortest are: hollyhock, lavender, columbine, purple coneflower, shasta daisy, and coreopsis.

The shasta daisies won’t be planted this year because they should have been started indoors 6 – 8 weeks before the last frost, but they’ll be added next year. : ) The great thing is all of these are perennials, so if they get established this year and everything goes well I won’t have to replant them for a long, long time.


Created this little plot today with a raised garden kit, matting to keep weeds from growing, bags of garden soil, several plants, and seeds.

Growing here: two kinds of tomato, green pepper, summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, cabbage, green bean, carrot, beet, Swiss chard, and romaine lettuce. There will have to be some thinning of seedlings, but I think we’ll have a really good yield later this summer. : )

Little bit accomplished

So far we have one barrel planted with flowers, two long containers planted with flowers, one long container planted with two strawberry plants, and one hanging basket with another strawberry plant. In the very old barrel we’ve had forever are the poppies I planted years and years ago.

The barrel left over is going to have herbs in it, and then behind all of these containers, in a semi-circle, is going to be the butterfly garden. Then, some feet behind all of this, is going to be a raised vegetable and fruit garden.

I’m very excited! : D

S.E. has gotten 10 cheers on this goal.


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