Garden Update 8-1-14


Hey everyone! How’s your Summer going? I hope you have been able to do something fun so far. =)

It’s been a few weeks since I have shared a garden update so thought it was time to get some new pictures from the garden and get posting.

Every year for the past 7 or 8 years I have been trying to have a successful garden. The first few years of course was a BIG learning experience for me. At that time I really didn’t know much about gardening and thought everything could be planted at the same time and everything would work out great. Wrong! Gardening can be fun but it’s a lot of work if you want it to succeed.


 My garden had been going very well up until recently. I have gotten tons of lettuce to make salads, swiss chard, green beans, and broccoli. The problem I’m having now is with Japanese beetles. =( They are ruining my plants! I don’t want to spray chemicals on my garden so I’m at a loss and will have to do some research on how to safely get rid of them.

So far my cherry tomatoes and pumpkin plants seem to be unaffected and hope they stay that way.

Do you have any tips and tricks on how to get rid of Japanese beetles? Would love to hear them.


Thanks for stopping by! =)





  • Payal Bansal (@TrendsnHealth)

    aww.. those cute little strawberries… I love plants so much <3 <3

  • Sandy Sandler

    Sorry to hear about the Japanese beetles. I have no clue what to do but I bet if you do a few searched you might find some natural, organic way to get rid of them

  • jane

    ah! i miss picking strawbrerries back in vietnam! i love them!

  • Liz Mays

    I fought with those sooooo much in my last house. I had to spray Seven on my bushes and trees to keep them away.

  • FamiGami

    We’ve tried so hard to get a garden going but are unsuccessful. I think we managed to get a basil plant to grow, that’s it.

  • Christie

    Wish I could help you! I have a BROWN thumb

  • Aisha Kristine Chong

    Aww I envy you. I have no skills with gardening but it’s an awesome feeling to work on those 🙂

  • Jenn@born2impress

    Great job. I will love to have a little garden, but we live in a condo and the balcony is just too hot for anything to grow.

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I’ve never heard of Japanese Beetles. I hope you find a solution fast.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    I don’t have any tips for you but I do know they are very invasive. Hope you can get some good tips. Good Luck. Thanks for sharing

  • Andrea Kruse

    Great garden! Yes, pests are usually the downfall of my garden as well. I try to stay up on things, but it can be hard with small kids. Best of luck.

  • Deanna Ritz

    You have a beautiful garden. Love your strawberries. I’m a mom of young children and cant seem to find the time to start a garden but really look forward to getting into this one day soon.

  • Rach @ Eazy Peazy Mealz

    Looks like you are getting some great harvest from your garden. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us.

  • Mary Ann

    I had such good intentions to have a garden this year, but….life got busy and I did not ever plant one. Yours looks great! I would love to plant my own pumpkins!

  • Shirgie Scf

    I guess insecticides would do the trick. Although it is not something natural, at least you will build a strong foundation of protection to your plants.

  • samantha

    yikes pests are always bad in a garden, i don’t have any tips to give but try looking for gardening forums you might be able to get good information that way

  • Heather

    Someone once told me to use diluted dish soap in a spray bottle. The soap can’t be anything but clear and it washes off the plants fine when you want to eat them but keeps bugs away. I have not done this myself though, but we haven’t had much of a problem with bugs in our garden this year.

  • aly mashrah

    When we plant vegetables in our gardens, the squirrels usually get to them before us. I’m not sure about those beetles, but you can try searching for a natural bug repellant.

  • Franc Ramon

    Congrats on expanding your garden. I hope you find a way to get rid of the Japanese beetle.

  • Rosey

    Another blogger said someone told her to plant radishes beside the food w/the beetles. she did and it worked! No beetle (or other bug) problems in the garden this year. I’d look it up to see, but if it works, that’s easy enough. Just not for this year.

  • Lavende & Lemonade

    We had problems with the Japanese beetles back in the midwest. We used a trap specially designed for them…a plastic hanging bag type item that kept them from escaping. It worked really well and let us avoid spraying.

  • Gabby

    I would love to start a garden but I think the people living downstairs, between their dogs and children, would destory it!

  • teresa mccluskey

    Gardens and be so fun! And when you see those start to grow its just a great feeling knowing you did it!

  • magdalena

    I just started a herb garden. Any tips for mint?

  • Kay M.

    Your garden is doing so well! I love that broccoli! The only things I’ve found about Japanese beetles is to knock them off the plants in a jar of soapy water. I read they are only a problem for about a month, then they go away – but a month can feel like forever. I like a natural garden as well. I guess just try killing as many as you can in soapy water. Sorry!

  • Michelle F.

    What a great looking garden! I love that you can grow strawberries.

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