I finally got my vegetable garden planted for the summer and tried to correct some of last year's mistakes. I put my peppers in pots this year because the tomato plants crowded out the peppers last summer. I tried to be a bit more realistic with my small garden space this year, but after a few weeks of growth, I might find that I still stuffed in too may plants.
Last year growing the cucumber upwards worked well, but the poles started sagging downwards from the weight of the plants. I lashed three poles together so that they can support each other.
I now have three dogs. They tend to spill out the backdoor and had been using the pot near the stoop as a step. I put up a screen to keep them from jumping onto the pot so that my tomato plant has a chance of survival.
I am leaving for India and my garden will be on its own for several weeks. My neighbors and family will keep an eye on it. I am sure it will be watered if needed. However, I am pretty sure they won't be picking off insects like the Japanese beetles that like to eat the plants. It takes a special type of person who will do that for you.
I have made watering the garden as easy as possible. I buried a soak hose in the vegetable garden. I marked the spots where the hose is buried with electric fence boundary flags. I didn't want to puncture the hose with the tomato cages and the shovel used to dig a hole for my plants.
My neighbors commented that they loved how I was using the flags to keep the dogs out of the garden. I hadn't thought about that use for the flags. Although, come to think of it, the dogs did stop running through the garden when the flags were added.