Friday, June 29, 2012

This year's garden

Here is a quick post on my gardening experience so far this summer.
I dug ditches this year hoping that I could water by flooding the garden - not working for me.  We tried a drip system last year that did okay, but I went back to sprinklers this year.  It is easier to tell if it is working.  I put in some more strawberries this year, a new raspberry bush (chickens killed mine last year), I started a corner for herbs, and planted a variety of vegetables that we like.
Broccoli looks great! This is the biggest I've ever had!
Comfery is doing great too!  I am using it in my mint tea and green smoothies.
Onions look happy, but the beans to the right look sad.
Tomatoes are very sick looking.  I've had great tomato plants in the past, but this is the second year they look sickly.
Another look at my sad beans.  (I have a bigger patch in another location that is doing better)
I tried to grow strawberries and a blueberry in containers, but we (the kids helped) killed them. I think we over watered.
Now that we are done with schooling for the year, we can spend more time outside in the garden.  Yesterday all five kids and I went out to weed the corn and beans I have.  They did great and had a fun time, and I lost only four bean plants.  They are begging to go weed again.


Becky said...

I have a big garden and lots of weeds at my place they can come out there tomorrow and help me weed. :)

Humble wife said...

We water after sundown and before sunrise each day. If it is bad and the garden plants look wilted I water around 1 pm but only under the plants and not touching the leaves.

I can only grow peas, green beans and cooler crops either in spring or fall. So keep your beans alive and in september/october you will have beans galore.

My biggest problem this year was a wiley hen that was able to leap over the fivish foot fence. SHe made me cry as she ate so much of my greens.


Humble wife said...

My comment disappeared. Not sure it made it to you because I was still being asked to prove I was not a robot....sigh.

I understand your garden woes, but trust me all will be okay. We water before sunrise and after sunset.

I wish my comment made it to you. It seemed I said more, but that silly moderator got me! lol


Julia said...

Becky - I'll let them know you could use their help. :)

Jennifer - I got both your comments. Thank you. I do water in the early morning or late evening. My tomatoes get plenty of water, but I'm afraid something is wrong with my soil. I clipped the wings of my chickens that liked to jump the fence, so this year I haven't had too much problems. The kids still leave the gate open from time to time, which doesn't help. :)