New 2015 Resolve


My 2014 garden and crops depended almost entirely on the amount of water I manually provided them for drink. That wasn’t much. I will do better in 2015.

Puny scabby little potatoes were the result. They were my worst disaster since it is my main staple.

Puny scabby little potatoes were the result. They were my worst disaster since it is my main staple. Hey – can you tell where my garden soil comes from based on the cow tag I found?

I need a good strawberry year again. I’ve got twice as many Raspberries as I need since I encouraged all my neighbors to grow their own (which is marvelous when I think about it-nobody will think of raiding my garden if they have their own). The result is that nobody cares to come and pick them or trade them. Good Strawberries are still a rare commodity. So is Corn in the north…and I usually have success as long as the greedy birds back off! …and early Lettuce is a hot item. But they all need lots of water. An inch/day is what is recommended. It was so dry last year that an inch a month was about all mother nature could attempt. I am surprised at how much plenty of moisture will change not only the crispness but the actual sweetness and flavor of the plants (you wouldn’t think so).

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This is Larry’s peaches and cream corn in 2014. He shares lots of gardening tips and seed. I can’t exactly call him lucky because he was smart enough to water his well. His was also taller than mine because of the variety he chose. Although his growth was incredible I would rather have less stalk and more corn.

So…note to self: start watering the second I’m done planting seeds in May!!

Seeding in the November snow. The snow came before the ground froze which left me no choice but to dig, sweep, wait for it to freeze, scatter seed and cover with dirt I kept thawed in the house. Anybody that thinks I'm crazy will think differently this April!

Seeding in the snow. The snow came before the ground froze which left me no choice but to dig, sweep, wait for it to freeze, scatter seed and cover with dirt I kept thawed in the house. Anybody that thinks I’m crazy will think differently this April!

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2 Responses to “New 2015 Resolve”

  1. Naomi says:

    Northern gardeners get pretty creative!
    This year, my goal is to cut my need to water as much as possible. I think the answer is in mulching heavily between rows. Mulching cuts watering and heat stress immensely.
    I’m just not decided, mostly because each mulch has it’s problems:
    wood chips deplete nitrogen
    straw attracts mice
    hay attracts mice and weed seeds
    newspaper/cardboard are ugly and can fly away in the wind
    grass clippings (over the newspaper) sometimes has herbicides in it

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