So, this whole garden thing has been a leeetle rough.
I started this fall garden with so much hope for the future! Our spring garden had minimal success, but we did have a small harvest from it of carrots, potatoes, green beans, squash, a watermelon, and a few tiny green tomatoes. Nothing miraculous, but it was something.
I tried my best to read up on organic gardening and really hone in on what we could do to make the next season better. I planted a cover crop, added organic rabbit manure (courtesy of our one little rabbit), and I used straw as mulch. I even started seedlings ahead of time to try and make the most of the season.
And well, this garden has been a total and complete flop.
All my pumpkins and acorn squash were eaten up by some kind of insect and possibly squirrels…no amount of spraying with an organic pest spray helped. My brassicas had the same story. The onions died after transplanting. And the beets and carrots, well they seemed to be doing alright…. until a giant hole formed in the ground after too much rain. It’s been raining off and on nearly everyday for the past month and a half. All of you dear people suffering from drought, please don’t hate me! All this rain has killed my garden!
On the bright side, I’ve got a bunch of volunteer butternut squash growing in my compost pile! (see photo above)
So. I’m back to the drawing board. I don’t think I’ll be using straw as mulch. At first I thought it was working well… I know a lot of people love it, and maybe I did it wrong, but I’m just not sure its a method suited for my area. In the spring I had very little trouble with bugs. But I think the bugs LOVED the straw. Every time I walked into the garden, there was a lot of movement in that straw…gross.
I also think that this soil is just too sandy. I thought using the cover crop method would help. But I really think that what ever nutrients it put into that soil have been washed right through that sand by the copious amounts of rain we’ve been having.
So much for a fall garden… I think I’ll attempt to grow some garlic and more beets and carrots in my second garden bed this weekend. That bed seems to have had more success. And I’ll be adding a lot of manure to help with the sand problem.
Other then that I’m reaching out. I looked for some local gardening groups at the library, but found none. So I joined a local gardening group on Facebook and I’m finding some pearls of wisdom there. Between their advice and that crazy volunteer squash up there, I’m leaning toward lasagna gardening…we’ll see. I’ll be reading up all winter and tackling it fresh in the spring!
This gardening thing is tricky man! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t upset and disappointed. But I’m trying to just take Edison’s approach to failure, in all areas of my life really,
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.“
Hopefully it won’t take me 10,000 tries to get this right! But this girl sure ain’t giving up.
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