2014 #11: 2014 - one for my record books

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 07-19-2014 08:46 AM 3614 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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July, 2014

“one for the record books” >> my worst year of gardening.

It started out in the spring: between the extremely cold and long winter, where I’d usually be cleaning up the gardens in March, I didn’t get to that task until …. well, I really never did! And then, I was so busy with my other job (behaviour consultant) that I had not time left to even start seedlings.

In late May I threw some seeds in the ground just to say I was growing a garden. I had peas, greens of several varieties, beans, and a zucchini. Everything was coming along nicely and then I checked on it one day and all I had left were 2 bean plants, the zucchini, and some tomato plants that had appeared from last year.

Oh what a glorious garden – 2 bean plants and a zucchini. That’s crazy!! And the fruit trees, well, winter wreaked havoc on them as well and there are maybe half a dozen pears and maybe the same amount of apples, no plums, no apricots, no cherries. The only thing that is doing well this year are the grapes. We will have LOTS of grapes but man cannot live on grapes alone. Good thing I’m not reliant on my farming skills. We would be starving to death.

Oh.. and an added bit … checked on my pond this morning and one of my fish had died. Don’t know what happened. It will be buried in the gardens so it can “live on”.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 07-19-2014 09:43 AM

Sorry to hear of your poor gardening year, MsDeb. It happens to the best of us, at times. Just remember…..A whole new chance next year. :D

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 07-19-2014 09:49 AM

that is true!!
First thing will be to make sure I have time to get started in March/April so I don’t get behind!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 07-19-2014 11:02 AM

So sad Debbie to hear about the very poor performance in your garden this year. Consider this calamity as a blessing in disguise and start planning by changing your strategy by rotating the crops, I mean changing selection of plants. Hope for the best.


-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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posted 07-22-2014 06:05 AM

When my children were small, I couldn’t do as much in the garden either. Right now you are focusing on other areas in your life. Gardening is a journey. You are building a garden and learning new skills to pass onto your grandchildren when they are old enough to help and learn. You never know what life will throw at you; what might get in the way of your garden: an injury, a sick relative, a young child or a new job.

Carol Deppe, author of the The Resilient Gardener, writes about how to make your garden more resilient so that it can survive even when life gets in the way. When it is cold and snowy this winter, you can curl up with this book and dream about your 2015 garden. I think you are well on your way, Debbie, even with one off-year. Your fruit trees and bushes are just resting; they will be producing again next year.

Thank goodness for the local farmers who can sell us produce when our own gardens don’t perform up to our wishes and expectations.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 07-22-2014 06:07 AM

Farmers Markets sure are treasures, that’s for sure

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 07-27-2014 10:23 AM

Sorry to hear of your struggles. Pretty much the same here in N. California and the drought we are suffering with. The only good surprise was the apricot tree really came through for the first time in three years, go figure. Plums were a poor crop and don’t expect much from the apples. Like you I tried a couple of tomato plants late and in pots high off the ground where the (four leg locust) deer can’t get to them, but so far only blossoms. I think the same rule applies to gardening as fishing; fishing isn’t called catching for a good reason, and gardening isn’t called producing for the same reason. Sure makes me respect the folks who do this for a living.

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posted 07-27-2014 10:27 AM

totally agree!!!
and thank goodness for them because—I wouldn’t be able to eat without them.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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