My garden got a little…grassy

Seriously? Summer’s over? Hmm…well lookie there. It is. And, well, talk about getting derailed! We did in such fine fashion this year, I’m not sure you can even call us suburban homesteaders right now! You might remember that I went back to work after staying home with the kiddos for several years. It was glorious to be home. And it is great to be back at work. I love it. I really do. And my kids are flourishing so there’s not much to complain about on that front. Well my homesteading efforts are complaining, I suppose. It’s not easy to homestead when you work full-time and your kids are in a school setting. THAT’S been new to us too. We homeschooled our kids until this Fall. Who knew we’d be MORE busy when someone else was schooling our kids?? Whew!

Anywho – our garden did semi-good this year. I got a boatload of onions and tomatoes. My cabbage grew well. And I got some squash, jalepeno peppers, and my lettuce did well while it was growing in the early months.

raised beds

What did not go well was the cauliflower, bell peppers, peas, beans, cantaloupe, strawberries and watermelon. Between an unusually cool and wet summer, and a bunny family that took up residence, we didn’t see much yield this year. In fact, I didn’t get enough of anything to can. I did get to freeze some squash and onions. The rest we ate as it was harvested.

strawberry

There’s the one lone strawberry that grew from our 25 plants.

We planted our blueberry bush and asparagus in hopes that they’ll start producing next year. Fingers crossed.

blueberry bush

But we’re still learning. For instance, we now know:

  • our soil just doesn’t want to grow beans or peas. This is the second year in a row that we didn’t see anything. We’ve decided we’ll just quit trying to grow them and move on to other things.
  • we really do need a small fence of some sort around our in-ground plot. Those bunnies are cute but FIERCE!
  • we need to trim our tomato plants so they don’t grow tall as much as they grow wide. Towards the end of the summer they became downright unmanageable.

clean garden

 

And maybe the most important lesson learned (confession is good for the soul, right?): you HAVE to remove the grass from the garden area that you till up. If you just turn it under, it WILL grow back. Ahem..ok, seriously, we’re newbies. And we didn’t think even once about this. It became a big deal. An annoying big deal. And our garden is not exactly, shall we say, sightly. Again, I’m positive our neighbors groan when they look out their windows at our yard.

grassy garden

Yes. That’s really my garden. Can’t you see the soaker hose? Heh – sorry folks.

Well, we’re (still) Happily Homesteading! I think…

JulieAnn

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3 thoughts on “My garden got a little…grassy

  1. Don’t give up on your beans and beans. My next post will be on crop rotation and the nitrogen cycle. Nitrogen fixation in the soil is essential and all legume crops contribute to this via small nodules on their roots which contain a bacteria which fixes nitrogen as nitrates in the soil.
    Our problem with peas is mice, they love them. Try sprouting your peas before planting (just sprouting) the sugars in the peas will be turning to starch, far less attractive to mice!
    For your beans grow them in pots or root trainers, plant them out when they have strong, healthy growth.
    Ypu could put netting just around the plants the rabbits really like.
    Keep trying.

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