This year’s garden was a bust.
Lack of rain and lack of time to spend working in the garden were the major reasons.
And we’ll not even discuss the critters that invaded what did have a chance to grow.
Once something began to ripen it was a race to see who discovered it first.
If the critters took just one bit out of it, it began to rot and that was the end of it.
This year’s garden was not worth the effort it took to plant it.
I hate it when that happens.
But I did learn a few things this year.
Last year I dug up a new place to plant a garden.
And last year’s and this year’s garden did not produce like I think it should have.
Mostly because of the critter invasion.
Next year that are will be planted only in corn.
And the corn will be planted in another direction.
Instead of rows across the garden, it will be planted in rows from end to end.
Hopefully, this way it will withstand the wind and not fall over.
I do not like to use chemicals on the the fresh food that I grow.
So this winter I will be researching ways to organically control the critter population.
For instance, by planting marigolds. It seems bugs and such do not like their scent.
Also, I will not be planting pumpkins in my garden.
They completely overran better than half of my garden.
They produced very little, but the vines just kept growing.
They will have an area all their own.
I built a fence around my cantelope and watermelon patch area of the garden to keep out the rabbits.
But that didn’t stop the rodents. They completely hollowed out the cantelope as soon as it was even close to being ripe.
I did get two nice size watermelons.
And they were delicious!
So I’ll have to figure something else to enclose the cantelopes.
I have decided to plant a small herb garden next year also.
The herbs did well, but they were overran by the pumpkins.
I will be picking the basil and hanging it to dry soon.
This winter while researching organic pest control, I’ll also be deciding where I’ll be planting things next year.
This is the last post for this year’s very disappointing garden report.