Most years, this would be a triumphant post, full of bountiful harvest photos and lamentations over excessive produce.
This year? It’s something else entirely. Those are three sad little pepper plants and two unhappy watermelons. The jicama never sprouted, and the green beans withered and died after The Great Sprinkler Mishap.
The volunteer zucchini that popped up in this bed engulfed the snow peas. Their leaves kept the water from getting to the second planting of jicama seeds (sigh).
One tomato plant (out of six) has survived. It even has three ‘maters on it!
I can’t bear to show you the cucumbers. Two plantings of eight seeds each and only two have sprouted.
What on earth happened? I have a few guesses.
These garden beds have been in continuous use for a few years, and I haven’t added much compost or manure tea to enrich the soil. From now on, I’ll take one bed out of the rotation each year and amend the heck out of it. I might even try some cover crops over the winter.
Next year, if volunteer zukes pop up–I’ll pull them up so the intended crops will live. Those jicama seeds are expensive!
And finally, I’ll keep an eye on the sprinklers so a busted pipe doesn’t cause disaster.
Here’s hoping the fall/winter crops do better! How is your garden growing this year?