Monday, July 30, 2012

My Garden and the Drought

All four lima bean pole trellises looked beautiful . . . 

However, no beans had set on any of the plants. The cauliflower and broccoli plants were large--except for the harvest. The bush green beans were stunted, without fruit.

Therefore, this weekend we started turning under some of our garden, focusing on the butternut squash, which have some nicely-sized squashes; the  Amish variety cantaloupes,  which have about a dozen melons; and the Moon and Stars watermelons, of which we have about ten growing.

Will they make it? Who knows?

We had already for the last few weeks been very selective on what we replanted, focusing mostly on what keeping plants already in the ground alive.

We did have some success with our earlier garden, eating and freezing peas, green beans, greens, and zucchini. We hope to plant a small greens garden for our front two raised beds for the late fall and early winter.

Our garden is an experiment in sustainable living. It's lesson this year is that "no garden is an island." Sustainable living must be a societal lifestyle. One family is like a drop of rain on the hot sidewalk, there and then gone.

Ah, well . . . We can remember the spring, and hopefully the cantaloupes will ripen soon.

Copyright 2012 by Thomas L. Kepler, all rights reserved


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