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It has been a super-hot, dry summer in our area. Normally, we get hammered with some 90 degree temps, one or two 100+ degrees, and a vast majority of 85+ degree temps during the months of June, July and August. This year, though, we’ve been at a consistent 95-100+ degrees since the middle of June, and it doesn’t show any signs of abating. Oi.
So, of course this would be the first year I decide to have a garden!
When we bought our little house last August, one of the selling points was this little plot of a garden in the back yard, as well as a strawberry patch alongside the house. I started off this spring super excited, soliciting advice from my MIL about what to plant and when. I had so many things I wanted to plant! My MIL is awesome, and helped me be realistic about what my little plot of land could hold.
What my little plot was able to hold (and even that was a bit packed in):
I did plant two sets of spinach, but all I got was a dandelion. The tomato replaced that bare spot, and has only produced one tomato (although it now has some nice yellow flowers…). My onions died horrendously (I may not have planted them correctly…). My two spaghetti squash plants were attacked by vine borers, with one biting the dust entirely and the second one just clinging to life. Everything has been having a hard time surviving in this heat.
However, my kale has done just amazingly! We’ve been enjoying the fruits of that plant quite a bit (we adore kale chips). Our potatoes have been nice and sweet, and the green beans provide for a meal every other day or so.
As for the strawberries?
They did a great job of feeding the rabbits. We never got to them before the bunnies and birds did…
What has your garden experience been like this summer? Or do you hate to garden?