Posted by Inelia
So! Time to plant the seeds. And I am worried.
My back yard was a toxic and chemical perfect landscape when I arrived here 5 years ago. The first 3 years I used only organic produce to help it as it made the transition from shallow rooted, unsuitable plants to strong deep rooted trees and plants, with a good mixture of species to make a habitable environment. I now have strong healthy trees and the lawn is really healthy.
BUT I have not grown vegetables before last year:
I have the following problems. Last year I planted the Three Sisters, corn, squash and beans. I also planted tomatoes and celery nearby. In august, all the plants were covered in some really nasty white stuff, it looked like chemical burns, it killed the corn outright, the squash did survive, and the beans were half and half. The tomatoes all split after a certain size. As it is time to plant seeds again, I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on what I am doing wrong.
The other problem. When we first got here there were hardly any birds, and now they are abundant. My grapevines, cherry and plumb trees were stripped of fruit even before they ripened. And the strawberry plants and blue berry plants had the same sad ending. We managed to eat two cherries, one plumb, a handful of strawberries and about 4 blueberries. We've been trying different methods to scare birds, as well as covering the plants, but they still manage to get them! Now, I am wondering, would putting a huge bird feeder during the fruit season help or make it worse? I'm thinking if the little buggers are full, they are going to leave the fruit alone, right?