Looking out in my veggie garden would make most gardeners cringe. The weed problem is really out of control. If I wanted to have a weedy lawn then I would be all set. This is the current state of my garden area.
This summer I collected a large amount of cardboard which I applied to some walkways. I was hoping that if I laid the cardboard down and then straw on top of that it would help keep the weeds in the walkways down. What actually happened was that it rained a lot and in a few weeks my whole walkway was sprouting grass. If I tried to pull sections of the sprouting straw up it wanted to take the whole cardboard pieces up. Before the straw matted down, Lee said that he would hear mice running through it. This was not what I planned to happen! I’m wondering if we are going to need to get a tiller next year, as trying to keep things weed free seems to be a bit past our time and energy limits at the moment.
With the wet weeds everywhere I seem to be having a great place for the slugs to hang out and party on my winter veggies. I have been applying Sluggo but it doesn’t seem to be helping a terrific amount. I think the slug population is just too large. Either that or all the rain makes the slug bait dissolve too fast. If anyone has a great solution for slug control in a wet climate please do tell me!
The slugs have been trying to munch on the kohlrabi and have eaten most of their leaves. I actually pulled some today and they tasted really good. The snow didn’t seem to hurt them, so I am going to start using them. I have some in the crockpot right now, along with a whole chicken and some other root vegetable.
I’m not sure that my winter broccoli liked the freeze as some of the leaves seemed limpish today.
On the other hand my peas, fava beans, summer collards, rutabagas, and cauliflower all seem fine.
And on a sad note, I used that last of my summer carrots today. They had been nibbled at one end by rodents and at the other end by slugs, but with a little trimming they were still good. Into the crockpot they went. Yummy.