So this was new. Gardening in the ground like prehistoric cave people.
I kid, but man! I sure have been spoiled by raised beds. All the millions of people who have grown their own food in the ground before me are holding their heads in their hands and muttering about everything that’s wrong with this generation.
I had no idea how to navigate this space, even though I’d laid it out so neatly to begin with. And fertilizing was so strange. With raised beds we had a nice level surface upon which to scatter our plant food. Here, it was like picking your way through a maze and everything was so hilly and bumpy we couldn’t help but get fertilizer on the plants, burning them to a crisp. We lost all the tomato plants this way. RIP delicious tomatoes. I’m very sorry I fried you alive.
I also wasn’t used to decent soil – our “soil” at the old house was basically rocks and dust, so our raised beds had filler made of peat moss and sand which drained and leveled beautifully. Here, while we were working with very nice, dark, rich topsoil, it was more clay-like and held onto the water longer. We over-watered by accident as a result.
Weeding was a huge bear – my word you guys, how do you manage gardens like this? Once the plants got to be a decent size, our little narrow furrows between the rows became impossible to navigate. We really missed the wide aisles and being able to perch on the side of the boxes to weed.
So I’m very sorry to say that it all just kind of got away from us. We’re still plugging along, though we’re at that point where we wish everything would just die already so we could stop trying without guilt. The carrots managed, we got a few potatoes and peas, and we ate the lettuces until they got too bitter in the hotter months. Broccoli did really well and we ate a lot of it. Cauliflower kicked the bucket early on, and the beets never came up. There are a few small zucchinis and squash, and we’ve got a few ears on our sadly stunted corn plants, and there’s still lots of (strong) kale for whoever feels like making a green smoothie (nobody).
The kids have begun digging out what’s left, and hauling out gone-to-seed plants like the broccoli and arugula. We’re really missing our goats. We’d like to turn some loose in there and just let them go to town and clean up.
Oh well. Gold star for effort?
p.s. Ads are up and I got a pop up that floated over my main content! WHAT ON EARTH? I’ll try to hunt it down and kill it. Let me know if you see it.