Year of the House
The new screened in gardening area is doing pretty good, but it's not as easy as I hoped for. After we initially screened in the garden, inside were hundreds of bugs. I want to garden organically, so I did my best to squish all the bugs I could by hand. I was able to wipe out one type of flying beetle, but soon after that the grasshoppers took over. I really missed having my bird and lizard buddies around to help me with bug control. I ended up spraying the area with a chili, garlic and mineral oil spray which did the trick. Next came the rainy season. While the amount of rain inside the structure was reduced, the water tended to collect on the bamboo roof structure and to drip in the dirt below it, creating ravines where nothing could grow. I ended up planting around those areas. Now that the dry season is here I am able to use the entire area for planting. I tried sowing some seeds directly in the ground but soon discovered that there were a handful of crickets living under ground that came up at night to eat the seedlings. I think I have killed most of the crickets and will try again to plant some seeds directly in the ground. Currently I'm growing three types of basil, tomatoes, yard long green beans, scallions, collards, chard, kohlrabi, cilantro, radish, fennel and cabbage. While this setup is a little challenging, it seems to be easier than gardening out in the open.