Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Gardening - It Can't Rain All The Time

I'm pleased to announce that everything is doing wonderfully in the small garden bed by the house. The spoon dug rock drain is doing a wonderful job at preventing the water from flooding the rear section of the bed. We got to enjoy about 3 days of sunshine over the weekend before the rains returned. It was long enough to get our gigantic yard mowed and to get a couple beach days in between our regular activities.

Yesterday, I weeded the large garden plot out back. The brussels sprouts and the eggplants are doing nicely and in a few weeks many of the other hot weather crops planted there are going to boom. Right now some things are still delicate and could easily be destroyed by the wind or a hungry creature. I've noticed things tend to grow slower out back in the clay soil compared to the garden beds by the house. The house garden contains a mix of native soil and packaged top soil. We just got a bunch of composted pig poop, I think next year things are going to be very plentiful in the larger plot. I also plan on changing the layout of the garden a bit, the visualization of how the garden will look has been haunting my garden thoughts. I have a lot of work ahead of me in the fall but it is going to be worth it. Besides, if I get it done this fall I can sweeten the soil and plant my onions, garlic and other shallots for next year.

I've decided that I don't mind if it rains an hour a day, it can downpour for an hour, preferably between 5 am and 6 am. That way the sky is still clear for bonfires and stargazing and it's beautiful and sunny during the day for maximum summer enjoyment and the gardens still get wet so I don't have to carry buckets to the garden. I think I've only had to carry buckets once, every other day Mother Nature has taken care of it herself.

My green onions have garden pretty large. They are the biggest I've ever grown them and they aren't done growing. Here is a picture of one of the medium sized green onions, the large ones are almost as big around as leeks.

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