The sad, sad, little garden

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My friend Stephanie did a blog post about her luscious garden and all their awesome produce, and our garden has been such the opposite that I thought I’d share it. And man has it been a money pit! We’ve been wishing we just took the money, and spent it at a farmers market on whatever we wanted there. But I guess we’re learning, and maybe next year will be better.

Did you see that big bushy plant behind the kids in the last post? That was our watermelon plant…until one day the whole thing just up and died. The cucumber plant too. Here’s a shot of our little four-by-four foot garden towards the end of June.

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It was looking pretty good. There were tomatoes to the right; cucumber on the left; carrots, beets, green onions, arugula, bell pepper in the middle; and the watermelon on the far left that sprawled out of the garden area into the rest of the yard. And this is what we got out of it.

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Plus some mini-sized carrots, ten or so cucumber (half of which were bitter), a few more tomatoes, and a few dinners worth of green onions. Like I said, one day the watermelon and cucumber (which had taken over that whole side of the trellis) just died. I tried to save them, but it didn’t work. There were three watermelons, and the one above was the most ripe. It tasted like when you get a ¬†flavorless, store-bought watermelon. The kids ate some of it, but we didn’t even finish it.

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The tomatoes were good, but we had to buy a net to keep the birds from getting them first. Anyway, the garden succumbed to birds, spider mites, powdery mildew, caterpillars, bad soil, and lack of sunlight (that was the sunniest spot, and it only got about 4-5 hours per day, and now that the sun’s angle is changing it is only getting around 3). So, so sad. I’m not sure if we’ll try again next year. We’ve made the initial investment in the garden gear, so it’ll just mean maybe buying some compost to help the soil, but the lack of sunlight thing is making it hard.

For fall I’ve got some lettuce and sugar snap peas that I just started, plus some more carrots, because those haven’t given us any trouble, they just turn out small. And the bell pepper are looking nice (all 4 of them…on three plants), but we’re still waiting for them to ripen up. Luckily, we don’t get much of a frost, so maybe they have some time still.

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