The 2016 Garden Season
Last year’s garden (a shot of it shown above) was awesome!
It was a bit scary at the beginning of the season when the water suddenly was non-existent. Yeah, that puts a damper on things.
The Master Gardeners group had worked out a deal with the city utilities and a wonderful source of water was put in. A spigot at each of the four corners of the plot.
In prior years, we had to use water from rain barrels — not the greatest thing in my opinion.
In 2016, I had water when I planted seeds and set out my tomatoes and peppers, but within two days, the water was gone.
My wife and I had gone to the garden to water and check on things. We hooked up the hose and turned the spigot on.
Not. A. Drop.
I had a small panic attack about then.
We had planted fifteen or so tomato plants and a dozen pepper plants. They really needed a drink. Or my gardening season was over.
I sent my wife to the dollar store to buy as many gallons of drinking water as she could get in the back of her Pathfinder. While she was gone, I used the vintage scuffle hoe I bought from a guy on Craigslist to take care of the weeds.
Funny, the weeds continue to grow — with or without water. : )
Scuffle hoes (in the photo above) are AWESOME by the way. If you’ve never tried one, you owe it to yourself to get one.
Jennifer returned with eight gallons of water.
We carefully watered all the plants, being really careful not to waste a drop of water.
As soon as the water hit the soil, it was gone. The earth just gulped it down.
We were able to give each plant two drinks of water. I prayed for cloud cover the next day.
The garden plots are in full sun. There’s zero shade.
And while that’s normally great for gardening, when you don’t have water, it becomes sudden-death for young plants.
We gathered up our empty plastic water jugs and tools and headed home.
For the next several days, we would fill up the jugs with water from home and cart them back and forth.
If I remember correctly, it was at least a full week before the water problem (whatever it was) was fixed.
Funny how we take such basic commodities for granted isn’t it?
Plans for the 2017 Growing Season
My plan for this year — though my wife doesn’t know it — is to rent TWO garden plots at the community garden site.
That would give me (us!) a 20 x 40 feet garden area. Wow!
Here’s what I’m planning on growing this season:
- Tomatoes: 15 – 20 plants
- Green Peppers: 10 – 12 plants
- Cucumbers: 8 hills; with some sort of trellis or climbing aid
- ONE zucchini plant. We had two last year and we were overtaken with zucchini. Those plants are crazy!
- Green Beans: Tall Child wants me to plant green beans. Even though he doesn’t LIKE green beans. I’m not sure what’s up with that.
Are you planning a garden for 2017? If so, leave a comment. Tell me what you’re going to grow this year!