This gardening year is quite different from the last one. Plants are developing different and also the problems are different. We have a quite big plant lice plague this year, not only our vegetables are affected, everything in the garden. The hedge, that we planted when we moved here, the trees, nearly all berry plants, everything. They are everywhere, even on the weeds. And because every piece of land around us is poisoned with chemical sprays, it is even harder for us. We, who don't use anything chemical to kill or avoid or fertilize. What I do is to try to strengthen the plants, so that they get along better or I collect stinging nettle in a bucket, add water to it, let it rest for 12 hours, remove the stinging nettle again and use the swill to spray on the affected leaves. Well, this is easy if you have to spray it on some veggies, but a little different if you have a hedge of over 200 cherry laurels. A deer came into our garden at night and destroyed some plants as well. It seems they love the branches of jostaberry. Sometimes it can be quite challenging. The good news are that I was able to harvest first radishes and even strawberries. One of the three luffa seeds I got from Karolien grew into a tiny luffa plant, I am so excited! And the zucchinis I have from Lotte are already blooming!
Let's see how it all develops further and if the plant lice will be graciously. I sowed them lot's of nasturtium as I read they like them ;)