Let’s start off with some cliché sayings to make ourselves feel better:
-If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again…
-Gardening in mostly trial and error and even master gardeners fail sometimes…
-Too much of a good thing could be a bad thing (like water)…
Ok now that we’re all good, let’s get real.
Early August garden update.
I wrote about planting my garden in June (Read it HERE) and haven’t really updated you except to say that it was actually growing (another pesky blog link). The funny thing is that the parts that are doing well are the parts I had exactly zero expectations or hope for and the parts that are doing poorly I thought would do great. So, morel of the story is don’t count on me to pick your lottery ticket number because my ability to predict isn’t exactly on point at the moment.
I’m really not superstitious…but I may be a little stitious. I say that because I think I may have doomed myself by making a joke in my very first post about over-watering my pea plants (I think you see where this is going). I killed my first round of pea plants and my second round is only hanging on by a thread.
When it comes to knowing how much to water things I am the absolute worst and TBH my internet mentors are not much help here. I’ve read a lot of blogs on how to water peas but a written description hasn’t proved to be sufficient in this case. Multiple well intentioned bloggers described it like this, “make sure to keep the soil moist, but not too moist.” Um, what?
I’m glad that we have the convenience of technology for some things but for this I need more. I need someone to stick their finger in the soil and say “here, this is what it should feel like”.
Side note: I’m a very hands-on learner. I do understand that there are different learning styles but I always had a hard time grasping why some kids wanted to do school online. There is something great about being able to actually do, and not just to read. My high school labeled the hands-on classes as “advanced”. I did not at all see myself as an “advanced student” but I thrived in those classes because they catered to my learning style.
Anyways back to the garden.
The plants that seem to be thriving are the onse I planted in the ground, (watermelons, potatoes, pumpkins, chives, honeydew, and corn). I know, it’s a super random selection…roll with it.
Here are my plant babies (yuck, I just used the phrase “plant babies”)
Most of the stuff in the stand-up garden have either died or bolted or seem to be stunted. My running theory for those is that’s it’s too hot…which is totally my fault. I should have planted them earlier in the season. I think I’ll try to plant again later this month to see if I can get a fall harvest when it’s a little cooler. Keep me accountable for that!