We planted our garden just over a week ago and I'm amazed--it's growing!
The day after we planted I was a little worried. It looked like the ants were going to strip every plant in a matter of hours. Fortunately, we had some food-grade Diatomaceous Earth on hand from our previous battles with the ants attempting to take over our yard. We sprinkled it all over the garden (it looked like it had snowed) and it worked! Within thirty minutes all the ants were gone.
A few ants came back the next day but we sprinkled a little more DE and they went away as well. So far so good. We haven't seen any ants in days (knock on wood).
My other concern was the little doggy footprints right through my rows of carrots and radishes. Our little dog turned the space into a little doggy highway. Can you see the little footprints in the picture above?
But I shouldn't have worried. After just four days in the ground my radish seeds sprouted! I couldn't believe how quickly they came up. My nasturtiums were also blooming just days after we planted them.
One week and two days later, the radishes are still growing. We thinned them out Monday morning and noticed the carrots are just starting to come up. The tomato plants and the yellow crooked-neck squash both have blossoms. The butternut squash is still recovering from the ant attack (it was hardest hit) but it has some new growth as well. We moved the peppers and the tomato that were near the fence over near the rest of the garden. They weren't getting enough sun where they were. We'll see how it goes...
Notice the little dog sniffing my squash? He's responsible for the footprints.
P.S. The plant I started inside has also sprouted! If it keeps growing, I might just tell you what it is!