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Garden in the Dry Summer of 2012

 

This year’s garden (showing what I planted and where I planted what I planted).

What this does not show is what is actually in the garden. I used the seed I had, some of which was pretty old. By the time I did my planting, it was already pretty hot and pretty late. So not everything germinated. Some beets did germinate, but none of the cabbage. None of the peppers came up. A few edamame did come up and I have a full row of green beans, which our local resident rabbit is finding very tasty. Last year, the rabbit (maybe even this very rabbit) ate the leaves of every single bean plant that sprouted. I’m hoping that it diversifies its diet this year.

The radishes, which should have been planted during the coolness of spring, are, nonetheless, making a valiant attempt at growing. A few winter squash look like they are going to make it. There is a volunteer plant which I am not sure of, so I’m letting it be, and I will someday discover what it wants to become.

The tomatoes were planted from plants and are doing well, in spite of the heat, or maybe because of it.

As you can see, we are in the midst of a drought. The grass is brown and crunchy. The soil is dry and hard. But I have a natural tiller going through my lawn and garden, rooting through the dry earth and popping out every so often to check its handiwork.

The potatoes either are drying out from the heat or they are getting done (I’m a little afraid to check at this point.) The kale, which looked a bit pathetic after being neglected during all our trips in June, looks like it will recover nicely.

But it has been hot here. Very hot. And very dry. Temperatures this week were up past 100 in the shade. The cardoon does not really like the hot weather and the plant itself looks quite withered. But its flowers are gorgeous.

 

 

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The Garden – Spring 2012 Update

This was the year that I decided not to do much in the garden. Well, I couldn’t really resist.

First of all, by April, we still hadn’t eaten all the potatoes from last year, so those needed to go into the ground, two long rows worth of potatoes. Add to that the row of potatoes that are volunteering from last year and it looks like we will have a lot of potatoes this fall.

Then there are the perennials. Asparagus, sorrel, rhubarb, the herbs (oregano, chives, garlic, sage, lavender), strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and the pear tree looks like it will have a good crop this year. In the vegetable garden, kale and chard came back. The cardoon is spreading so now we have three impressive plants.

But I did need to plant tomatoes. The plants I grew from seed didn’t make it, but the eleven tomato plants I bought at the farmer’s market are going strong. I also decided to plant all my old seed. I have no expectations that these old seeds – some two or three years old – will germinate, but I tried. The peas did not come up, only 3 little corn plants emerged. With the dry weather, I don’t yet know if any of the radishes, beans, edamame, beets, cabbage, or squash will make it.

We got three hazelnut bushes from Arbor Day, but they were sent way too late, right at the start of this extremely dry spell, so I don’t know if they will make it either. The blueberry bushes are struggling. I planted mesclun mix in a large pot right outside our back porch and added basil and mint to the herb garden.

No garden? I don’t think that’s possible.

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