Sunday, August 28, 2011
The End of The Summer Garden
At the beginning of the garden year, we decided to plant a traditional row garden. This was in order to save time and money. After working in the traditional garden this year, I think we have changed our minds about raised bed gardening. I don't think we will spend the money or time to do a raised bed garden in the future. This year's garden has been by far the best garden that we have ever grown. It hasn't taken much time. In order to weed it, Michael has ran the tiller down the rows. It is quick and to the point.
We have experienced a drought this year. If it had not been for our drip tape, we would have lost most of our garden. I am thankful that we still used our watering system even though it was a bit more of a challenge in the traditional row garden.
As with any garden experience, we have made our share of mistakes this year. For example, we only planted about half of the amount of green beans that we needed to can. We will fix that problem next year. Our second corn planting didn't come up, so we should have replanted more corn. We just didn't pay attention, or realize it until it was too late. We also let the weeds take over the herb garden. My herbs are still producing, but I did lose my Thyme in the process. I can't tell the Thyme from the weeds! I will do better next year.
The next chore on our list is to clean up after the summer garden. We have to roll up the drip tape, and till the old plants under. It is also time to get my fall garden planted. I have been trying to hold off on planting my plants due to the heat.
grace and peace,