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.
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.
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.
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.