The first of the gardening season is always exciting but this year I was soon very discouraged. Just after we planted, it seemed to rain and continue to rain all of June. Our garden flooded. I came to terms with it though and decided that's just the way it goes some years. That's a good reason to stock up when you have a good year. You just never know how things will go the next.
Then, the sun started shining last of June and things started to look more hopeful. I knew at that point, the garden needed all the help I could give it. We started that with replanting many of the green beans in July with the hope that there wouldn't be a early frost. Sometimes you have to take a chance.
You know gardening used to be easy, I would just plant, weed, and then harvest the garden. This year with the weather changing it was so challenging and I had to work harder than any other year to help it grow. One of the first things I read about was how to grow onions bigger than a golf ball. Come to find out all this time I was planting them too deep. You are never too old to learn new tricks.
We were halfway through the garden season and I realized the tomatoes if I was going to get more than a couple of tomatoes per plant I needed to help them. After watching a few you tube videos I bought a cheap electric toothbrush at Dollar General and started to help pollinate each plant. I buzzed each bloom with the toothbrush and I started to see fantastic results. Most of the time I worked in the morning and in my housecoat. I was the pollinator fairy! Yep, I know the neighbors are still talking about that one.
Then, I asked the neighbor for his grass clippings and I spread them between the rows to cut down on the weeds. The grass clippings also helped to retain moisture when we went through a few dry periods. I actually had to water!
Slowly but surely the produce started rolling in. Small at times but we had a harvest. Towards the end here we were blessed with a great green bean, mustard green, and cabbage harvest.
Here is our total this year:
Lots of leaf lettuce
20 very small onions out of the grow bag
20 purple and 20 yellow onions out of the garden
21 spaghetti squash-some very small
30 or more zucchini (I lost track)
2 bushel of tomatoes
10 of the smallest ears of corn you've ever seen!
4 bushels of rattlesnake green beans
2 bushel of Mustard greens
Organic matter -adequate level
No Lime is needed
Nitrogen is needed on a yearly basis
Phosphorus, potassium, calcium is all above Optimum.
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