Saturday, August 11, 2012
Andy, How does your garden grow?
After two months of no rain, we got about 2 inches in the last few days. Everything is starting to green up although our pastures are beyond help. We are still struggling to find hay for our herd. The farms we usually get hay from won't be able to sell to us this year so we have been scrambling to figure out what to do. All Summer long the rain went North or South of us. It was so frustrating.
Our vegetables fared much better than the fruits. We didn't have a good bean harvest and our carrots were non-existent. I only have one Pepper plant that actually produced. As usual, way too many tomatoes but I have plants for those so not a problem. We are already planning on grilling venison burgers tomorrow for dinner and eating many of these veggies. So far I have picked three Cucumbers. I have quite a few that are still yellow. I sure hope they green up. We did manage to get a few ears of corn so those will be a part of the meal. HOORAY!
As for the fruits, our Honey Melon seems to be ok. We have three nice sized melons to eat. The Muskmelon didn't fair so well and only one Watermelon took. I didn't plant Zucchini or Pumpkins because my neighbor gets an insane amount from his garden. Yes, I intend to ask for a veggie/fruit exchange. My grape vines are almost ready to harvest even though late September is typical. My Peaches are looking rough. We may have to break down and spray them next year because this is the third year where the bugs are eating the peaches more than I am.
I think I'll get some of my Blackberries but the Raspberries just didn't grow. Overall, I can't complain. It's a nice harvest for a first time garden. I do love that our farm produces luxurious fiber to wear plus meat, veggies, fruit, eggs and milk for nourishment.