My Organic Garden Oasis #9: End of the Oasis

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Blog entry by Retsof posted 07-27-2012 05:59 PM 1473 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The heat finally claimed the last of my garden this past week. It’s been brutal this summer, and when I decided to take a seven day camping and fishing trip in Northern Nevada and Utah with my oldest daughter, it was pretty much a death sentence for my plants. Without me to soak them twice a day, the drip lines couldn’t keep them from drying out.

I came home on Sunday night to a dried out mess.

I learned a lot with this project, and I got about three months of great tomatoes and peppers, so it wasn’t a total loss.

Here’s some of what I will do differently next year:

1) Start earlier next year. I’d like to get my garden started by February 1st next time (six weeks earlier).
2) Concentrate on the things that I can grow the best out here – Tomatoes and Peppers.
3) If I plant in the backyard again, I need to over-build my “dog-proofing”. If given enough time, they can get around anything I put up to keep them out.
4) I learned how to build a pretty nice planter box and I’m going to finish a few more as soon as the heat breaks and it’s comfortable to work in my garage again.

I hope you enjoyed my video updates. They will make it easier for me to do this better the next time around.



-- No GMO's for me. I'll grow my own.

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posted 08-01-2012 05:41 AM

even though there were some sad points in the gardening, doesn’t it feel good to reflect on the lessons and plan ahead?

My gardens this year are almost a write-off but I’m really excited about next year. You have a good list of ideas and I’m sure they will have a great impact on your gardens of 2013!

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

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posted 08-01-2012 05:59 AM

Congratulations on your successful first year. I think you have listed some great plans to make next year even better. Just a thought, but you can start a new crop of cool weather plants in September so that you can enjoy a good fall crop that might just take you through the winter if you think of a way to cover your beds when it gets really cold like remay cloth or cloches? Good luck, it sounds like you are truly hooked on gardening now.

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