“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)