Friday, July 31, 2009

Earth's Bounty

We have been in our current home for about a year and a half. Last year we didn't get a very
good start on a garden because of my being pregnant. So this year we tried our best at being farmers on our little piece of heaven....less than an acre. We planted about four different kinds of tomatoes this year. As you can see the tomatoes are thriving. We aren't having such good luck with the other vegetables. The slugs around here are relentless and devour everything. We are trying to go the organic route but we are on a serious learning curve. We haven't had much luck killing the slugs with beer and I'm not sure what else to try. The pepper plants are puny...we have only gotten 3 jalapeno peppers out of the whole lot. The cucumbers are doing ok but they are growing funny cucumber balls most of the time instead of long cucumbers??? The deer ate all of our first crop of green beans down to the ground, our sunflowers too. I put the strawberries in pots last winter and apparently they didn't like that . They bore little fruit and the slugs got to all of that. We might have gotten six edible strawberries all season. The blueberry bushes aren't producing fruit this year...only three blueberries??? We have planted more green beans and some watermelon, canteloupe and squash.The weather here on the coast is nice enough to plant a second round of most. Hope all goes well with this second round. Cammy has been helping with keeping a harvest chart so that we can compare this years crop with future years to see how we are doing. So far we have filled up both sides of a strip of brown paper grocery bag. There were a few surprises along the way....blackberries line the ditch by the neighbors house and some potatoes grew up out of the compost. I know that it will only get better.

1 comment:

  1. LoL... the cucumbers! Never seen anything like it... reminds me of our corn this year... they also resembled balls... you wouldn't believe it! Your tomatoes look scrumptious!
    Thank you for posting on 'Friday's Nature Table'.
    Blessings and magic.


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