Monday Report Week 16

This year I planted a garden in a spot that hasn’t been planted before.

I did nothing to the soil, just to see how fertile it was.

In the spring we were inundated with almost daily rain, which threatened the root systems of all things I had planted.

By the time summer began, the rain had stopped. And even with regular watering, the lack of rain took a toll on everything.

Having well water, and not the city, filtered water, it comes from the ground, but in no way can replace the vitamin G that comes straight from the heavens.

Keeping it watered and keeping the weeds that grow, with or without rain, has definitely been a challenge.

Only the heartiest plants have survived and some have flourished.

Now, we are getting more rain, but the garden itself is winding down. Despite the longer growing season here, as apposed to those in  more northern locations.

The corn did nothing. Most of it is knee to waist high, with no corn to speak of. Not one ear will we harvest from this patch.

The pumpkins on the other hand are growing well.

So well, that they actually cross pollinated with the squash plants and took them over. Meaning that the squash plants are now growing pumpkins.

Funny how that works. Next year, I will plant squash and pumpkin on opposite ends of the garden.

Lesson learned.

Just to add a picture to this post……

Here is my first harvested pumpkin.

It’s about the size of the pumpkins you see at Walmartz that they call “pie pumpkins”.

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That’s it for this weeks report.

Hope your garden is doing well.

Happy Monday!!

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9 comments on “Monday Report Week 16

  1. Ah, life on the farm. Our veggies were very poor this year. Can’t for the life of me figure it out…That’s a very impressive squash/pumpkin you have there. Great story about your water pressure!

  2. i had that same problem last year with a garden area where i had planted before . nothing grew . this year we have corn 9′ tall and are giving away tomatoes and cucumber . still havent figured out why last year was so bad

  3. What a perfect pumpkin! I never knew plants could cross pollinate and start producing other vegetables…interesting. I’m not sure what the problem is with my tomato plants but they aren’t producing tomatoes. They are green with leaves, I am watering them, but no tomatoes. I just don’t have a green thumb.

  4. Your pumpkin is beautiful. I’m just getting tomatoes in enough quantity to actually use. Life is tough in the high desert. I water and fertilize, but the cool nights just slow things down, I think. I’m sad about your corn.

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