So after weeks of being away, I’m just now taking stock of my once-glorious vegetable garden. Sadly, I think that it might need some serious help, even though I thought a few weeks away from me might actually do it some good.
So after tallying up the points between Mother Nature and myself? I think it might be a draw.
Look what I harvested yesterday!!!
One zucchini, that I rescued from what might be a dying plant, and that I’m not even sure was finished growing yet. Whatever.
A gazillion little Yukon Gold potatoes, all from one potato plant that looked like it was ready. This of course assumes that I know what ready looks like.
An Egg!! YAY! I still only have one hen that is laying so far and we are getting about an egg a day but it’s still awesome. The nice thing is that it’s really so small it’s only half an egg, so it makes feeding the kiddo that much better.
There is more winning –
A few tomato plants that are giving tomatoes.
The strawberry plants have continued to kick ASS, as long as I drown the predatory slugs in beer. Who knew that Lagunitas had more than one use? They love the stuff!
The rest of the potato plants are growing like crazy and the rosemary is taking over like the vile weed that it is. And we have CITRUS! Its not ripe yet, but what the hell… it’s been known to help the flavor of a Pacifico now and then.
Um, yeah, while some of the tomato plants have some fruit on them… the rest of them look like they are about to croak. Not so bueno. Any ideas people? And please don’t say water – they have microdrip and we think they may be overwatered, but since I suck at this, it’s anyone’s guess.
The arugula has gone to seed, along with half of my herbs. This is in spite of constant pruning to prevent it.
The spinach all died.
The cucumber met his untimely death as well.
A moment of silence please for all of the vegetables that met their fate at my hands.
I am disheartened by my garden this year, not gonna lie. I do think that I got a little overzealous with my veggies and had a tendency to cram things into the planter, as opposed to picking what would work and planting that, but I didn’t think it would be this bad.
I tried to lay out what I wanted to plant for the summer but things ended up a little bit crowded. I tried to get uber farm-like by using seeds instead of starters and ended up fighting a losing battle with the birds (why is it always birds that plague me). After Armageddon of my seedlings I thought what had survived was all basil. Once again, WRONG. I am now the proud owner of about 10 dying tomato plants.
I feel like I tried a lot this year but not much worked. Hopefully next year when I start planting it will come out better, but for now, I’m going to say that Mother Nature has made me her bitch.
But at least the chickens are all still here.
|The only chicken that is worth ANYTHING.|