Well…our garden has certainly not been the great success that we hoped for. We discovered a beautiful pumpkin growing a few weeks ago, but as we waited for it to ripen it began to look less healthy. In an attempt to salvage it, we picked it before it turned completely orange (it practically fell off the vine anyway) but it was a lost cause and as I’m sure you can infer from the title of my post…it was an unfortunate pumpkin harvest. You can see the progression from healthy to hole-y. I was planning to puree it anyway, so I figured it would be fine inside. But the bugs beat me to it and the inside was rotting.
Overall, we grew a few bowls of greens, some herbs, a handful of tiny green peppers, a dozen cucumbers, and a large bowl of tomatoes. Not very much when you’re feeding 8 people.
I was hoping I could say that I learned something from the experience, but I’m not even sure what to do differently next year. Garden is not intuitive to me. I can figure out what’s wrong with a crying baby in a minute or two, but I haven’t got a clue when I look at a dying plant. More water? Less water? More sun? More fertilizer? Bug damage? Soil imbalance?
How do you figure it out? If we had years of experimenting and charting, we might make some progress. But moving every 2 years makes that impossible.
So what did we learn?… We should NOT be farmers. Our garden is proof that growing food is apparently not in our skill set.
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