This year I planted my first garden ever. A little preface is this garden was planted on Mother’s Day this year when I was 8 months pregnant with our third child, and I am doing it organic. Since we have a trout farm and some of the best compost, per many local farmers, I had the hubby bring some home. This garden is made from 4 railroad ties and a 4×6 trailer full of trout compost! I planted 2 yellow squash, 2 zucchini, 2 tomatoes, 1 eggplant, 2 kale, 1 Swiss chard, 1 cucumber, 2 jalapenos, 1 basil, 1 rosemary and 4 broccoli. Things were going great for the first 2 months.
Garden at 1 Month
The garden was flourishing. We harvested so much and it got twice as big as you see here.
Then the middle of July we had huge rains and then the squash beetles came…
So as you can see our squash is gone, and the cucumber, while still producing, are starting to die out as well. We are now going to pull the squash and till to get rid of some of the weeds that have grown, then plant some greens and cabbage for Fall.
What I have learned so far
- The yellow lady bugs are not lady bugs they are squash beetles and will kill everything!
- Broccoli needs to be in it’s own box and harvested when it is small(I don’t think we will do that again)
- Trout compost vegetables taste amazing!
I will update through the Fall as I keep learning the joys of gardening with a trout compost garden.