Long time gardeners will know the drill. There’s no such thing as this year’s garden. Practically the week it goes in, you’re already planning what you’re going to do next year.
Or, more to the point, what you’re not going to do.
For instance, there’s the successive harvest I was planning for the corn. Except I forgot to plant it successively, so it all ripened at once. That is, all of it except the third of the crop that I killed when I tested doing insecticidal spray for the corn beetles and ear wigs. Turns out insecticidal spray destroys the fibers and the the stalks flop over.
As usual, I tried using the power of positive thinking on the critters, and decided that my force of will would be effective in keeping the rabbits away. What this means is that I was putting up fencing around mature plants, and wasn’t really able to effectively plan for such niceties as gates. Did a lot of high stepping over fencing.
You know how much fun it is to try a lot of different tomato types? Don’t do half your crop in unknown varieties the same year that you cut your planting in half. I usually put in 25 tomatoes; this year I only planted 14, and 8 of them were unknown golds. None of which were any good. So I’ve ended up with only about a third of my normal harvest and ended up supplementing my canning with (gasp, the horror) purchased tomatoes.
I generally water by hand, using the water that’s filled up in the rain barrels in spring and early summer. Of course when it doesn’t rain during the spring and early summer, this does not mean you don’t water. Well, it shouldn’t mean you don’t water. Sadly, it took me several weeks of spotty watering to catch on to the whole “drought” concept. The rain barrels did not fill until late August.
Turns out you shouldn’t prune tomatillos. Who knew.
So what am I doing next year? Well, I was going to skip corn, but I really love growing corn, so I’ll just grow less. Back to tried and true tomatoes. I’m going to figure out proper fencing (I say this every year. I never do it.)
Remember what I said about next year’s garden? I’m already over it. On to 2014!