“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Re-thinking My Future Gardening
Well, this summer has been a bear as far as growing anything. My tomatoes have been slow, right along with the okra. The beans got eaten up and once again the squash vine borers had a field day with the yellow squash and zucchini. I have been sitting down and thinking about how I do things around here. My spring gardens always do pretty well and my fall gardens do much better as the cooler weather sees fewer bugs and temperatures are not so extreme. During the summer it is quite common for the heat index to go over 100 degrees which makes it really tough on anything but the most heat loving plants. And even those have been affected this year as evidenced by the tomatoes and the okra being slow to flower and set fruit. So my thoughts are that I will plant a minimal summer garden, certainly not even half of what I normally plant. However, fall and spring will see every available inch in the garden planted. Maybe this will help, at least it is worth a try. In order to make up for the poor production of this summer this will be the first very large fall garden I have had. I have been busy adding compost, planting, weeding and such. I still have lots of planting to do but for some things it is still too hot just yet. That is ok, as the weeding and amending are taking up quite a bit of time. Each year in the garden brings something new to learn and something new to try. I love this life!