Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Mary Mary Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow...
This is my clay this year. Oh sure, it looks sort of dark and like it has potential, but it's all fake.
Those clods you see right there with the tiller -- they are larger than gravel but smaller than a serious "rock". My entire garden space, some 50x60 area, looks like that. It's clay enough you can't break them up past this stage...and hard enough they won't allow planting anything :o(
This garden, over the past 2 weeks total so far, has been broken up with a breaking plow twice -- and he went every which way with it, lengthwise, widthwise, criss-cross...everything short of circles! After it dried out some again, he came back with the plow and did it again.
Then we disked. Same thing -- long ways, across, corner-to-corner, you name a direction and we disked it. It really looked like it has some great potential.
Now, I've been out there everyday since Thursday last week and this is the best I have still. It's insane. We have had 3 gardens here since moving. Last year without any tiller I didn't stand a chance of doing any breaking, so it sat alone. But we've had one before -- I just don't understand it.
I tried setting out some plants...the clods are hard and won't settle around them. Seriously, it's like trying to plant a tomato in my gravel driveway :o(
I'm going to find a place I can put at least a few of these plants in and the rest I'll give away. I have a lot of cukes, straight-neck squash, okra, bell and banana peppers ,d my heirloom tomatoes...all dying a slow death on the porch with no soil to go into. Even my onion sets are looking dry :o(
I'm ready to move. I'm tired of the heat and humidity. I'm tired of dead calm summers without a breeze up here. I'm tired of torrential rains that flood out everything on the property and can't flow off or sink in due to the clay barrier. I'm just plain whiney and tired.
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Shared in Love by Deanna Smith
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
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