Okay, I'm not an octopus, but I did plant a garden. And now it's starting to grow! I planted some seeds a couple of weeks ago and had started to get a little worried when it had been over a week and there were no shoots coming up out of the ground. But, I'm happy to report that my seeds are sprouting and I have plants! Here's what I'm growing:
California Poppies - my favorite flower!
Strawberries - No seeds for this one, I just bought the plants. But, I'm excited to eat the fruit!
Tomatoes - I just bought the plants for these as well. I hate tomatoes, but Mr. Frisby likes them.
Sugar Snap Peas - These were the first of my veggie seeds to pop up and I was so excited! I now have four little pea plants growing.
Peppers - these sprouted shortly after the peas. I have them in a pot inside the house and will transplant them when they grow a bit.
Cucumbers - I was really excited about the cucumbers, but I had given up on them when there were no sprouts after two weeks. However, just yesterday I saw a little seedling, just pushing through the dirt. If you look carefully, you can see it right in the middle of the picture.
Unfortunately I have run into a couple of problems with my garden:
These little beasts seem bound and determined to ruin my gardening ambitions! The snails are easy to take care of - snail bait. They have eaten several of my flowers and make a big mess, but the garden is now just littered with rotting snail carcasses. The squirrels, on the other hand, are impossible! I have tried many things to keep them away. At first we got Bruce:
Bruce worked for the first afternoon, but the squirrels soon realized that he is not a real owl and, therefore, not a threat. They were soon back in the yard digging up my flowers and seeds. I'm now using a squirrel repellent spray, but it's effectiveness seems to depend on the squirrel's determination to ruin my life. If they're really determined, the spray won't stop them. And it only seems to last for a few days anyway. Does anybody have any idea how I can keep these furry beasts out of my garden (and, no, I can't just shoot them - I already checked and that would require me getting a hunting license)?