This year was a lot like last year in some ways: it wasn't the seasons changing that did my garden in. It was negligence. Last year my grandfather suffered a stroke and we left town for over a week, when our area was consistently getting 100 degree days and the garden died.
This year I left for a week to clean out a barn back home while my wife was incredibly busy (we're talking 14+ hour days busy) and the weather was 100 degrees. The garden went unwatered, and predictable results followed.
I got to thinking about a general overview of this year gardening, and thought yall might enjoy it too.
What we did differently this year:
- Added 3 planters to the garden. One with herbs in it (Only Basil did well) and the other two with strawberries (that never produced anything)
- Put down mulch/sheeting around to garden to help prevent grass growth in the beds. This was mostly successful, though there was still some grass that popped up in the garden beds.
- Planted less peppers and tomatoes to add watermelon and squash.
- I didn't bother setting up drip irrigation this year. Last year I had problems with the lines clogging a little, and the pressure always seemed too high or low. I either flooded plants or they didn't get enough water.
Plants that did well this year:
- Bell peppers
- Pretty much every pepper besides the Jalapenos
Over all, it was another good year. We got a TON of squash and tomatoes, used the basil a lot, and had a decent amount of jalapenos.
Got a quick hint for yall of an upcoming post now.....when I actually post about it I'll include some installation details as well: