Here, in the garden, the temps in March have been like summer. The temptation is to plant something…anything….but I will NOT! June 1st is the official planting day even though the chives have been up for a week!
So I plan and dream and keep the seeds indoors where they, like me, can wait.
PS: Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow!
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Last weekend I topped off my compost heap. Six wheelbarrows of horse manure layered with old hay and plenty of vegetation. Every layer getting a good soaking of water. Over the past week we had lots of rain so the compost dirt should have a good start to next year’s nutrients.
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OK…so what happens when you wash a tomato in the washing machine? I know this one! A week ago I picked one of the few tomatoes that actually grew and I put it in my pocket. I was SUPPOSED to eat it later that day but the shirt made it into the laundry pile and I forgot about it.
Today that shirt took a trip through the washing machine.
So you know, the only thing that survived from the tomato was the skin. The seeds and inner “fruit” was eaten up by the spin cycles!
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Well…it hit 32F on Thursday early morning…just enough to turn the leaves in the garden to toast!
So things are beginning to end. I decided to pull all my onions out of the ground…it looks like I will be planting these babies again!
Over seventy onions are now spread out in the front room to dry out and cure.
I still have some corn and all my carrots and taters!
Someone remind me NEXT SPRING that I should not plant ANY of the following:
…as none of them really worked too well.
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As in SINGULAR.
As in THE ABOVE PHOTO IS A CLOSE UP.
As in THE SIZE OF A PING PONG BALL.
As in this is the biggest tomato I have ever grown and there are MANY more coming in soon!
Last night I almost lost the whole garden…wind, rain…almost flooding the entire garden. Then it stopped just before leveling all the corn. The good news is that I don’t have to water a thing until tomorrow AND, is there any better way to give the garden a drink than with a rainstorm?
Here is my lone tomato…show about actual size!
I ate it.
It is gone.
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Corn looks taller than the canyon walls!
So far the season has been very good. For the first time I have been able to harvest actual MEALS from the garden and not just a few beans.
A lot of the success seems to come from the extra seasons I have had as a teacher. This year I discovered Miracle Grow and that has really helped a lot!
Of course feeding Miracle Grow to the zucchini seems to have made them go completely nuts. I have two zucchini plants and, as of this morning, have harvested 20 zucchini from them with more on the way. In fact, they are flowering again and, if we don’t have a frost, I bet I get 20 more! Keep in mind I only used Miracle Grow three times and we very conservative in my feedings.
Basil..green and purple
Rays of sun over the corn
Today we are getting a good rain soaking. Natural rain storms seem better for the plants than hose watering. Maybe rain is more thorough.
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Raised Beds. The potaoes are in the foreground;the orange buckets have tomatoes.
It seems the more I garden the more I realize that I have a lot to learn!
I am still having very little luck with tomatoes, cauliflower and broccoli.
Wala Wala Monsters!
But I am doing MUCH better with potatoes, onions, celery and carrots. This year I added quite a bit more organic material (compost) to my sandy soils and have also used Miracle Grow to the watering routines. That seems to have helped a lot.
It is odd that I am half way through the growing season and am already dreaming about next year! Things I will do differently, things I will NOT try, more raised beds, a possible drip irrigation system…
Zucchini Flowers. These things are easy to grow but they sure do take over their space!
I am not complaining about this year though. Lots to be very happy about and proud of. Here you will see a few shots taken over the past few weeks.
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