My Organic Garden Oasis #9: End of the Oasis

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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 758 days ago

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 758 days ago

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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