My Parents’ Garden

It's not a party until someone eats a habenero

It’s not a party until someone eats a habanero

Recently we went to the East Coast for my brother’s wedding and took some time to visit my parents’ garden. Many hours of my childhood were spent weeding and watering it.

My mother and father have come up with some interesting tricks to defeat bugs and grow better vegetables. Here are a few.

Look close for the cage

Look close for the cage

Grow squash in a cage or on a trellis. It helps keep the fruit off the ground, reduces rot, increases space for more plants and makes it much easier to weed and get around all the vines. Don’t worry, the squash are plenty strong to hang by their stems.

Where to find strips of copper

Where to find strips of copper

If slugs are getting into the raised beds then line the sides half way up with a strip of copper. The metal reacts with the slug and stops them in their tracks. This also seems to work well with ants, or so I have been told.

Where to buy the bucket

Where to buy the bucket

Build a rain bucket to water the garden. In the picture above my dad built a PVC pipe system from the gutter to the bucket and then to the sewer. With the use of a flexible piece of plastic slipped in the Y joint (pictured below), the water is diverted mostly to the bucket until it is full then proceeds to back flow into the drain pipe. My parents then fill empty water jugs as watering cans and storage, and use the hose to water the plants directly.

Buy all this at a building supply store

Buy all this at a building supply store

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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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11 Responses to My Parents’ Garden

  1. Kristy says:

    Looks like good gardening is in the genes. Cool tip about the copper.

  2. Very well run garden. The copper strip is brilliant.

  3. Loved this post – thanks for sharing! Now we know where you got the gardening bug from :)

  4. Cindy-Lynn says:

    Wonderful post, thank your parents so very much for the great tips!!

  5. Mad Dog says:

    That’s a very good slug tip ;-)

  6. Eva Taylor says:

    Grea tips Greg. What if I don’t have raised beds, what will keep out the slugs?

  7. nrhatch says:

    Aah . . . the tomato doesn’t fall far from the vine.

  8. Home Depot should have that copper flashing. Squash do great on trellises, too – I saw a garden on the island the other day where they had let them run up a dead tree, and the squash were all hanging down!

  9. ChgoJohn says:

    Now I see. It’s genetic. :)

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