Gardening

Hey everyone.  John The Midwest Flatlander here.  So fall gardening season is upon us here on the flatland.  Spring and summer seasons were pretty good and a ton of fun.  The weather was very different than usual this year.  We had an enormous amount of rain during the spring.  So much so that I was unable to plant as much as I wanted to, because the ground was so wet.  I was able to get a lot of things planted which is good.  We planted sweet corn this year, along with potatoes, onions, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, and watermelons.  For the fall season, we planted more potatoes.

Garden 5

We also planted the green beans we wanted to plant in the spring but couldn't because of all the rain we had.

Garden 4

The tomatoes and peppers are also going strong, although the tomato plants have slowed down their fruit production.  I tried a new technique for growing tomatoes this year, and I am very happy with it.  I've seen the idea around the internet, so I decided to try it myself.  I do believe I will continue using it next year.  I also started my tomatoes and peppers from seed this year which I believe I will continue to do next year.  Will soon be time to make salsa, and I think I'm gonna try to make ketchup if I have enough tomatoes left over after making salsa.

Garden 2

Garden 1

The watermelons got planted late this year, because of the rain as well.  Are you seeing a pattern here?  Don't get me wrong, I'm in no way complaining about too much rain.  And all that rain basically recovered us from the drought we had a couple years ago.  We'll call this one of Bob Ross' "happy misfortunes" and just smile big.  Having a lot of rain made us rethink things a little and plant strategically which is great for learning how to adjust to nature.

Watermellon 1

Last year we planted June-bearing strawberries and saw a bountiful harvest of bright red and sweet strawberries.  They are filling in even more now, so we are looking forward to a new crop of juicy sweet berries come next June.

strawberries 1

You may have noticed that I use a lot of straw in and around the garden.  Well, out here on the flatland we've got lots of different kinds of prairie grass.  If you don't do something to try and smother it, you will have...well...grass.  I don't eat grass, so I like not having it in the garden.  That's where the straw comes in.  By layering the straw on the garden, I can keep the grass somewhat smothered to where it is contained and can easily be pulled from the garden.  The straw keeps the soil soft and damp which makes pulling the grass and weeds easier and keeps the plants happier.  The straw also breaks down into a nice compost that helps keep the soil fertilized.  There are several different names for this gardening method.  I just call it the "putting straw on the garden to keep the grass smothered and the ground moist and fertilized" method.  Just trying to keep it simple.  I think most others call it "mulch gardening" or something complicated like that.  Hope your garden is producing lots of good produce wherever you may be using whatever your favorite gardening method happens to be.

That will do it for this session.  I'll see you next time, and remember leave no trace...leave a legacy.