Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Garden | July 2018

Garden Update | July 2018

Well…an attempt was made.

That’s the best I can say about the 2018 so far.

Don’t let the pictures fool you:  the garden is a disaster this year!  Sure, there are tons of little tomatoes & peppers, but it’s nowhere near its full potential.  It’s so disappointing to see these weird plants with little or no vines on them!

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The funny thing is, the plants that were doing well in the beginning have pretty much shriveled away & the ones I didn’t think would make it are now thriving!  The one tomato plant that I was sure was going to die is now producing vines!

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Also!  When I was taking these pics, I noticed a couple of green beans!  I thought for sure that the bean plants were dead, but they’re still here!

Here’s what I think contributed to the demise of the garden this year:

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- Hotter Temperatures:  This year has been extremely hot & I think the garden just can’t handle it.  We used black plastic as the base for the raised bed this year & I think it’s frying the plants as it heats up.

- Less Soil:  We ended up not using as much soil this year.  Last year, our little raised beds had so much soil in them, especially the peat/manure mix.  With the raised bed being different this year, we didn’t know exactly how much to use & thought we had enough.  Now I’m not so sure.

More Rainfall:  Last year, we were able to control the water the plants were getting a lot more.  This year, there has been so much rain.  Sometimes it rains for days & the plants just can’t get a break!

- No Shade:  We put our garden in the same spot as last year, which is a place that receives pretty much zero shade.  It worked well last year because the temperatures were cooler & the plants would use any sun they could get.  This year, I think it’s just been too much for them. 

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Even though I’m disappointed in the garden this year & want to rip it all out & start again, it’s producing just enough to keep it going!  It’s frustrating, but I’m going to let it keep going & see what happens!

If this has taught me anything, it’s that I’m going to be spending a lot of time on Pinterest over the winter, strategically planning my garden for 2019!  I have big plans for next year’s garden already, but I want my plants to thrive!

PS:  When I was going through my pics, I found way too many that I loved & couldn’t include here!  Instead of keeping them to myself, I’m going to be putting them all up on my Facebook page so be sure to check it out!

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  1. I feel your pain, my garden just hasn't been doing as well as I would like. Good job for hanging in there. Thanks for sharing on To Grandma's House We Go!

    1. It's comforting to hear that I'm not the only one!


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