Catnip getting it's just attention AND protection!
Nowadays it seems that cats come into our thoughts all the time. That is even when you minus out that we have 8 inside and the 24+ outside. All kinds of melodrama, but..... c'est la vie. (so is life)
The picture included with this post is of the catnip that has survived the attentions of many cats. Our native ones have not come back, so I had to start some in pots. I made the mistake of thinking they could be planted in the garden without major protection. WRONG!
This is the only survivor and you see it is in a bucket with chicken wire over top. The wire serves two purposes. One is to protect but as the cats have learned, they make great self-scratchers while enjoying the aroma of fresh catnip.
cherokee2 and all others who had confidence in the straw bale method, your faith is maintained here! ALL plants placed in the bales are thriving, including a weak little bitter melon that I am pretty sure would not have made it in the regular garden.
I did a little fish emulsion/wintergreen feeding this morning and some weeding, (in the garden, not bales). The bales only require a little grass plucking or pulling of vines trying to take hold. Where I added some domestic soil, there were some weeds starting as well, but they are easily spotted, reached (slight bending) and removed.
The bindweed has been the most persistent aggressor. Easy to pull but also easy to ignore and then..... it has wound around so many things that you wish you could eradicate it. When that happens, I usually break it off the mother stem and let it dry.
I didn't this morning and ended up with a lot of "airplane" plants to root. No, I'm not growing spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) in the bales, but to beautify the bales while the other plants were growing, to give the houseplants a great place to be outdoors and to semi-shade the bales, I use them as a "shelf".
The flea beetles have found my eggplants in the bales and planter. These are adult plants so they are not doing a lot of damage but still..... I want them gone. Next feeding of fish emulsion with wintergreen should be foliar and maybe that will discourage of kill them.
My wife's husband has to get busy listing things on our different sales venues, so he needs to stop playing around in the garden. Write later.