Well I broke down and started again
Posted 16 July 2012 - 02:46 PM
My potatoes are done and small. My onions, also small, have tipped over. My beets never grew at all. My tomatoes plants just didn't grow and then were eaten off by rabbits. I got one bunch of spinach, and no lettuce. Several things I didn't even plant this year. None of my fruit trees produced (late frost after an exceptionally warm march)
Strawberries were small and hard.
So I went out and replanted beets and lettuce. (My original lettuce might come up in the fall; it's happened that way before.) I added an additional row of green beans and planted the cukes I hadn't gotten in. Found some potatoes sprouting under the counter and figured, "What do I have to lose?" I have a bunch of green bean seeds and stopped at the store and got more for 75% off. I also picked up some onion seeds, hoping to get some green onions to dehydrate.
Some one asked my hubby the other day if something was wrong with my garden. He said, "Um...the drought?" La-de-da. Anyway we have incredibly sandy soil, which is great for getting out their early, because it thaws quicker. And, the melon's love it. Not good for holding in moisture though, and as there was no grass to mow this year, I had nothing to add for ground cover.
Lest I sound like I'm complaining, I have some beautiful turnips and my green beans look good. Cabbage is okay. Peppers good. Zucchini looks good, though I planted it a little later than usual. And...my grape vines are loaded. We covered them for the frost! And, we haven't had to mow the lawn...I guess that can be looked at 2 different ways.
Anyway, that is my plan and I'm sticking too it! Wish me luck!
Posted 16 July 2012 - 03:39 PM
I'm with Dee, no energy to start again. I'll plant garlic in the fall and work from there. Maybe I'll try a late garden with a few things.
Good luck homeschoolshe!
Posted 16 July 2012 - 05:17 PM
Edited by dogmom4, 16 July 2012 - 05:18 PM.
Posted 16 July 2012 - 06:27 PM
I had plenty of berries and I really wouldn't have minded sharing but they would take a bite out of this one and then that one and the other one. I didn't have time to train them to eat one at a time.
Edited to add:
I forgot to wish you good luck on your re-plant.
Edited by Jeepers, 16 July 2012 - 06:28 PM.
Posted 17 July 2012 - 01:33 PM
Know what you mean..................................
Caught 4 woodchucks so far this year in live-trap and then went for a ride out into the country.
They are eating everything this year seeing they canít find food out in the wild due to no rain.
I have had to replace things like cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, Brussels sprouts, etc. 3 times because they are eating things right down to ground!
Luck that I can catch they fast right after I see the damage in the morning ( I use cantaloupe pieces).
The last one was out there in the middle of the day and after I chased him , put out trap and had him in15 minutes!
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 02:22 PM
Your garden sounds much like mine. I have been planting potato eyes. We've gotten about a 1/4 gallon of tomatoes (blanched peeled & frozen). If we get more, I will dehydrate them. Saved some of the seeds. My spearmint is looking pale, so I took a clipping and have it in water in the house to see if it does better. Also have a plant of purslane in the house that I use to treat insect bites.
When we get back from the monthly trip to MIL's house, I plan on re-planting all our garden plots again. Seeing what works the best.
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 06:47 PM
Edited to add...There aren't even any weeds in the garden! They wilted and died awhile back.
Edited by themartianchick, 17 July 2012 - 06:49 PM.
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 11:14 PM
Sounds like I'm not the only one with varmits! One DD caught one of the bunnies last night, and then let it go. We could have taken it to the park or something! That girl just has a way with the animals. She walks right up to birds, rabbits, gophers. She picked a sparrow off the fence one day. When she tried to put it back it flew away, so I guess there was nothing wrong with it..
Wish I had saved some of my extra starts. I know most of them went to good use though.
California is cold, texas is wet, and the cornbelt is dry. Just wow.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 11:42 AM
Good luck on your second planting.
Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:14 PM
Well, we've done some straw and hay bales and transplanted cuke/zuch/kholrabi seedlings. All are doing fine in those.
Down in the soil garden- The onion sets are our best crop!!! Other years, onions did not do well.
Seeds are a different matter! He's had to replant seeds 3X. Except the reliable ole turnips. [ I sure wish God would have made turnips just a bit more tasty. They're fine occasionally but.... ] DH has finally got some beets coming up. Not full rows tho.
The taters in towers and mounded ground are finally taking off and looking a bit more happy. [we are in a none-too-abundant "monsoon season: here and that always helps turn things around.]
He did get all the spinach seed to sprout in hay bale on the second try. ....So what was wrong with the first try????
DD and I lifted the tub of chipmunk-chewed lettuce up onto a 5 gal bucket. Now I have frustrated chipmunks and growing lettuce!
For the second year in a row, my peas are 6 inches tall. Usually 6 FEET tall. We all LOVE peas. Germination trouble there too...in both bales and ground planting.
Glad I didn't try for broccoli this year. Seemed like it was going to be too hot to work well for them. Kholrabi is in partial shade and seems happy tho.
We've never had a year where things [EXCEPT CARROTS ] wouldn't even sprout. And way up here, we are not THAT hot. Even tho we've been breaking heat records, it's no where near y'all in midwest, TX, AZ.... So what's up?
Now the durned carrots that have to be maintained moist for up to 2 wks until they finally germinate....we've frequently had trouble with them. Anyone have a suggestion for them in an arrid land?
Good luck everyone....yes, we need to keep trying. Have to learn how to bob and weave with variable....REDICULOUSLY VARIABLE....weather conditions. So we can still feed ourselves and our families.
Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:31 AM
One potential resource that is growing like a weed and producing more than I have ever seen, is the mesquite tree beans. DH mentioned he looked up the benefits of purslane and was surprised how nutritious it is. I tried to tell him, but he had to look it up himself. Now he is eyeing the plants in the yard and asked If I wanted to fill the garden with it. "No!" It's a weed and grows just fine in the yard. LOL I need the garden space for other crops.
Yesterday, MIL took us to a restaurant in Los Cruces, DH picked up one of the decretive red chili pods that had fallen off the stringer, handed it to me and asked, "Do you think the seeds will grow?" Wow, I have never seen him so eager to have me garden before. I will plant some of the seeds, Hatch Chili, and save the rest of the seeds for a later planting.
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