Monday, July 12, 2010

Third time isn't always a charm...

Year three with my garden is turning out to be a frustrating one. Spring was long and cold. May and June were very very dry. July is bringing some rain and hot days but with that also comes the risk of hail. Here's our little hailstorm July 4th... It came with over an inch of rain and we didn't get the big bad hail that some others nearby got, so I guess I won't complain.


These milk jugs didn't really appreciate that hailstorm though they were likely brittle from the sun exposure though. They are on season 2 of use.

This bed probably bothers me the most. This should be full of zucchini, pattypan and pole beans by now. The indoor started zucchini didn't survive a strong windstorm early on. The direct sown seeds either didn't sprout or were immediately eaten by the bugs. The indoor sprouted zucchini seeds were eaten. I just planted out some indoor starts yesterday. They were still there today so I guess there's hope. At least 2 of the new ones already have their first true leaves so hopefully they're big enough to survive. I've planted the pole beans I think 3 times. These should be Rattlesnake and Zi 28 Long beans. Today when I looked, I do see a few new sprouts so maybe...

Same story with the other pole beans (I think Kentucky Blue and Blue Lake maybe?). I tried to presprout some in the house like I've done with peas but it didn't work so well. I've replanted AGAIN and fairly heavily. Hopefully something will survive and be able to produce before frost.

Even the bush beans are having some trouble. This year, instead of my normal spacing of about 9/sf, I thought I'd try out wider spacing. I planted them about 6" apart or 4/sf this year. Unless the surviving plants produce like crazy, I think I'll go back to my previous method. At least that way, when a couple didn't make it, there wasn't a huge gaping hole where a plant should be. I'm going to replant the empty spaces sometime this week.

The tomatoes were doing well until something came along and chewed the stems. I lost 2 this way last week. The others seem to be doing well though a few of them are very small still. The Galinas Gold Cherry and I think the Thessaloniki are growing well at this point.

This half bed should be full of broccoli and cauliflower. Sadly, right after I gave away my extra starts, I started losing plants. I'm not expecting to see any broccoli though I may get cauliflower.

Finally, my carrots did not do well at all. With the dry windy weather, I guess I just didn't keep them wet enough to sprout. I have about 3 carrots from 4 squares that sprouted. So sad. I sprouted some indoors (wet coffee filters) and put them out today. Perhaps they'll survive...

I guess, on the plus side, the onions are doing well this year, much better than the past 2. Of course, I mainly use onions when I cook zucchini...

8 comments:

Ribbit said...

Goodness! You just can't catch a weather break. I'm sending good weather thoughts your way....see, even my verification word is foodiest. You can do it!

Annie's Granny said...

I do hope you have time to replant some of your garden. I'm fighting the heat with my newly planted carrots. The day after they began sprouting, it got up to 104 degrees and absolutely cooked about 90% of them. Something ate all my newly sprouted pole beans right to the ground, and there really isn't enough time to replant them. It's been a good year for some things, a bad year for others.

Kris said...

Oh Amy. How disappointing and very frustrating for you: weather, critters, slime mold. You get it all and take it in stride. Your situation is, um, challenging to say the least. I applaud your stick-to-it-iv-ness. Hope you can catch a break soon. :-/

Amy said...

Thanks Ribbit, Granny & Kris. I was thinking last night I'm just going to fill in all the empty spaces with bush beans and maybe fall peas (saving a space for lettuce somewhere). It's not looking good for the little carrot sprouts I put out but the zucchini starts were still there last night!

sb158 said...

Jeez! I guess every place has it's challenges. Despite hurricanes and hail, we gardeners just keep trying, don't we? We're either the world's most optimistic people, or we can't face reality. Haven't decided which just yet. Some days I think one; next day it's the other...

meemsnyc said...

Wow, that is quite stormy weather! Hail on July 4th!!

Sorry to hear about the empty plant beds. Hopefully the new seedlings will take off.

The Pogue's Garden said...

I heard about the hail the other day. Down in Fountain we got some, but nothing like you. I'm originally from Michigan where things grow like crazy and everything is green, green, green, so I feel your pain dealing with wind (I hate the wind most of all), hail, and then weeks of no moisture. Hang in there.

Amy said...

Lol SB, hopefully we're just optimists! Actually, we know the reward is good so we keep trying.

Thanks meemsnyc, things are looking a little better out there today.

TPG, isn't it amazing how different the weather can be in places so close? Usually I think the winter weather is more drasticly different between us but it seems like the summer storms are drifting more from the north this year. At least I know there are others who have had it much much worse this summer so I won't complain too much.