Summer Giveaway!

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Happy Summer Solstice! June is one of my favorite months of the year – and not just because I can work in my garden until 9pm.

Summer is so romantic feeling: long, lazy days, delicious summer vegetables like watermelon, tomatoes and eggplant, bare feet, eating dinner on the deck, and the sounds of the birds chirping with the first light. What an amazing time of year.

To celebrate my love for summer I am giving away two gifts from my online shop this week. To enter to win leave your answer to the below question in the comments underneath this post. I’ll randomly choose two numbers on Wednesday, June 25 at 9pm CT. If you win you’ll get your choice from the shop mailed right to you!

What top three things do you struggle with in the summer garden?

Leave your answer below…and good luck!

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    Disease, pests (hopefully will be better now that gardens are in better location).

    What can be successfully planted together.

    How to maximize space constraints.

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      Starting a new garden in poor soil (having left my garden of 33 years.)
      Poor germination this year.
      Critters who eat my plants.

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    Three that’s all I can choose,
    #1 would be time to spend in the garden.
    #2 weed control
    #3 spacial planning

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    Three things I struggle with in the summer garden:

    1. Keeping it watered. I’m traditionally bad at remembering to water.

    2. Weeding. I don’t particularly like to weed, but this year’s garden is a new raised bed garden and it looks so nice all layed out, and it has no regular dirt, so weeding has been easier because I want to do it to keep it looking nice, and there really haven’t been that many weeds.

    3. Keeping unwieldy plants under control. I’m trying indeterminate tomatoes this year growing up a trellis. In the past I’ve had bush tomatoes. I had a hard time with the tomato cages. Perhaps this year will be different because of the trellis. Hope so!

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    Rebecca Bernstein

    I’m still a novice veggie gardener (though I get help from my son who knows lots more than me, thanks to you, Megan!), so I struggle with:
    1. When to pick
    2. When to water
    3. When to plant more

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    Cynthia France

    Weeds
    Maximizing use of space
    Trying to plant early hoping to get earlier harvest

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    1. Mosquitos
    2. Weeds
    3. Optimum water for the plant

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      Megan Cain - The Creative Vegetable Gardener

      Penny – You are one of the winners in the giveaway! I’ll email you offline.

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    1. Mosquitos
    2. Weeds
    3. Optimum water for varying plants

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    Gene Vesperman

    1. Enduring oppressive heat and humidity
    2. Avoiding annoying insects – mainly mosquitos and gnats flying in my face
    3. Taking preventive measures from a neighbor trying to kill my garden plants with herbicide

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    Gloria Maliszewski

    1. Weeds
    2. When to begin fall crops like peas, radishes, lettuce, etc.
    3. How to know when veggies are at their peak to pick.

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    Laurie Robertson

    1). Knowing when to harvest. I tend to be a little impatient and early, I think.

    2). Spacing/over-planting. I have a pretty small garden but I want to plant a lot and then need to remember, for example, how big squashes get that then shade out other veggies!

    3). Record keeping –I really got lazy with it this year!

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    Insects, rodents, drought

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    Weeds, time, heat

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    Critters!:as I watch the squirrels climb up under the netting on the blueberry bushes.
    Watering-never enough time to water well
    Sun: or lack of,for the robust growth I dream of

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    Knowing what/when to plant next
    Mosquitos out at my favorite gardening times
    When to harvest (particularly for things that bolt)

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    1) Mosquitos
    2) When is the right time to pick
    3) being patient!

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    1. weeds
    2. slugs
    3. flooding

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    Weeds
    Critters/bugs
    Knowing what to plant next for better use of garden.

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    Patricia Espedal

    Mosquitos when I go out to garden after my two young girls are asleep! Knowing if I need to get every.single.last.weed out of my garden or if some are ok to leave after a specific point. And waiting for my first tomatoes and peppers!

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    Keeping up with weeding, mosquitos and deer flies, and succession planting!

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    Mosquitos, chipmunk destruction (getting close to live trapping and removal), and succession planting (what and when)

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    Weeding, critters and bugs that should’t be their, mosquitos

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    1) Critters (rabbits eating plants, squirrels digging up seeds, etc.)
    2) Figuring out the science and timing of starting tomato, pepper and eggplant seeds inside, so the plants aren’t as small and wimpy when it comes time to transplant them into the garden.
    3) Failed attempts to prevent critter infiltrations (see 1). 🙂

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    1. Mosquitos
    2. Leaf miners in my chard

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    1. Weeds (especially field bindweed, it’s killing me!)
    2, Animal pests (robins are pecking all my strawberries! rabbits have babies in my yard and I can’t find them!)
    3..Fatigue (it is hard to keep up with everything, full time job, volunteer projects, pruning, putting up and planting produce and plants!)

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    Worms, keeping garden watered enough & growing faster than I can pick.

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    1) Mixing and spacing of perennials with veggies–sometimes causes shading and dominance issues 🙂
    2) Using the right type and thickness of mulch matched to veggies.
    3) Accepting that I need to share with other critters that visit the garden–chipmunks, etc.

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    Weeds, keeping garden watered enough when I don’t have time to go there and the right time to pick vegetables (luckily I call my grandma to the rescue).
    Greetings from Serbia 🙂

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    1.) Knowing when it is the right time to eat something: broccoli with flowers on it, eating lettuce before it bolts, etc.

    2.) Making sure that I am using everything that I grow and buy without letting anything go to waste: what I can freeze, dry, etc.

    3.) Knowing whether a plant looks normal or not: my tomato plant looks a little yellow, transplanted sunflowers looked droopy for a while, but then came back to life; also knowing what weeds look like when they are small so that you can tell that it is not something you would want to grow.

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    1. Weeds – even with straw mulch they are popping through everywhere! Did I put enough? Did I buy mulch with weed seeds? It came bagged from Jungs. I just don’t know.
    2. I too wonder if my plants are healthy or not. i don’t know enough about diseases and/or pests.
    3. Mosquitoes! When you work all day and you go out there at dusk, it’s just unbearable.

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    1. Weeds
    2. Worrying whether the seeds will come up
    3. Wondering if I will be able to manage multiple plantings this year.

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    Darlene Gakovich

    1.Weeds, which come up even through the mulch. 2. Having to wear netting cover-ups over long sleeved garments to escape mosquitoes because I’m allergic to sun and sunscreens (it gets awfully hot!). 3. Deciding which flowers to plant to have a succession of blooms throughout the summer in my narrow, meandering bed in front of the vegetable garden – so far, I haven’t been very successful in choosing the right mix!

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    1. garden plan and crop rotation
    2. flea beetles on my tomatoes!
    3. little feet and hands “helping” in the garden… I see this as a good thing, but I don’t think the plants do 🙂

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    1. Mosquitoes. They just seem to love me, while ignoring DH. The repellant stays right near the back door.

    2. Weeds. Everyone’s problem. Don’t even want to weed due to the heat.

    3. Heat Stress. Both me & the plants. Summer heat & humidity in New Orleans can be brutal.

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    1. Mosquitos
    2. Rabbits
    3. solving bugs eating plants

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    Thistles, quack grass and time.

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    1) Rootworms / cutworms
    2) Mosquitoes
    3) Thistles
    But, these are just problems. The gardening is great!

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    1. Squash vine borer, a fight every year how to deal with them organically.
    2. weeds – a horrible woody weed -not sure what it is
    3. Chickens – don’t let any one tell you can garden with chickens!! My sweet hens just love to dig in the dirt!!

    I do love that you learn something new about gardening every year and that it is like multiple science experiments going at one time!!

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    1. Mosquitos
    2. Weeds
    3. Not being able to leave the nursery without rescuing another plant that I don’t have room for!

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    1. Chipmunks! They are cute until they dig up your seeds and eat your veggies right off the plant.

    2. Getting the right amount of sun/shade for various plants. We have little to no shade on the main garden so the sun can be scorching at times.

    3. Succession planting – still working thru how to do this successfully and keep up with it throughout the entire season.

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    1) Seeds not sprouting/germinating that were sown outdoors.
    2) Last year – squash not producing – perhaps due to all the rain?
    3) Maximizing/best use of space in a community garden plot.

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    Weeds. I have used straw but perhaps didn’t apply thick enough, or there were weeds in my marsh hay (mostly grass), or could it be from disturbing the seed bed via rototilling prior to making my raised mounds?

    Worms in broccoli – how to prevent

    Succession planting- how does one do this and still properly rotate crops the next year- which plants should be together in one bed?

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    A bit too much of everything!

    Pruning trees.

    Weeds & non weeds that a beautiful but take over…such as morning glories!

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    My three main “issues” when planting my garden:

    Refraining from purchasing more plants than my garden space can accommodate.
    Planting my seeds and plants when the temperatures for day and night are warm enough.
    Giving my plants enough room to grow in my garden, without increasing the size of my garden, to accommodate the “few extra” plants I just had to bring home.

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      Megan Cain - The Creative Vegetable Gardener

      Betty- You are one of the winners of the giveaway! I’ll email you offline.

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    Amanda Shoemaker

    Spacing (the plants themselves as well as what to go in between them… we are trying grass clippings this year. I’d like to try tree mulch or stones but worry about subsequent years; rearranging would be a pain.)

    Kid friendly-ness! I’d like a layout that is more kids friendly so that our young children can help without stepping on “the baby plants.”

    System for watering. Our garden is a ways away from the house and its a pain to water. Plus we don’t get tons of water pressure with our well water, so sprinklers don’t necessarily cover the whole thing at one time. Huge pain!!

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    1 – getting started. I’ve never had a garden and the thought of starting one this year was a bit overwhelming

    2 – summer heat. The thought of weeding/caring for the garden during the day – yuck!

    3 – crop rotation & succession planting

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    I struggle with pest control, how to grow fabulous garlic and
    selecting the best seeds.

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