Monday, August 12, 2013

A Farmer I Am Not...

Well...my little garden is not doing so well.  My squash are small plants still, have the odd blossom, but no evidence of fruit.  The one and only pumpkin plant is larger than my squash, but nary a teeny pumpkin to be found. 

I had two!  TWO! Peppers from 6 plants.  

I do have tomatoes, and we have enjoyed them in salads over the past week.

Our kale is doing well and we have made kale chips twice.

Grapes we have!  They aren't ready yet, but they hold great promise if they taste as good as they look.

I believe that we will not get corn this year.  The plants are strong and tall, but devoid of cobs.

At this point in time I wonder whether I want to bother with a garden next year.  If I had to feed my family from this garden we'd starve.

I suppose, however, that birthing a garden, is like birthing a child...painful...a lot of work..messy...we all promise to never do it again.  Time passes.  We forget the agony.  Our families grow.  We plant gardens every spring.

I guess that this is a reminder to be thankful for what I have rather than mourning what I don't have.

I think I may be visiting the farmer's market this week.

9 comments:

  1. Our veggy patch isn't doing well this year either.I blame the weather. Our tomatoes are nowhere near ready yet, unless we get lots of sun and heat I think I'll be making green tomato chutney!
    Jane x

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    1. Jane... Is it the weather...or is it the lack of pollinators??

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  2. I felt just like you last year. But this season I just kept working to amend my raised beds and switched what was growing where. Yes, not everything is successful for me this season but the squash are great for the first time ever. Just that alone has me thinking of next season. That and ordering lots of rabbit fencing!!

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    1. Hello! I have seen wonderful squash gardens. I think I need to work on my soil, and perhaps plant a little earlier?

      Thank you for visiting!

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  3. I was much less ambitious this year than last. And it was successful: lots of sugar snap peas, beets, and cabbage. And nasturtiums to look pretty and eat once in awhile. Last year I lost so much to bugs and slugs, but not this year. I still have tomatoes and squash coming up everywhere. :-)

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  4. It sounds like a bad year for gardening as a lot of stuff didn't pollinate. It will always be better next year.

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  5. Am I the only one that notices the absence of bees?

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  6. I'm with you, Wendy. If my family depended on the garden we would starve too. I really like your analogy of birthing a garden. That is what it is like. And in the end, if everything goes according to plan you have beautiful bundles of veggies. :-) I'm still trying to get to the everything-going-according-to-plan stage.

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