This is the question I want to ask everyone who has a successful garden. Every year I try to put out a small garden but something always seems to happen and I never get any reward for all my labor. The first year I decided to plant a small garden, I decided to put it behind my house, not far from the back door. I worked that garden every day but nothing would grow. That was the year I decided I had bad dirt.
The next year, I decided to do a raised garden bed. I didn’t own a tiller to help turn the soil so I thought this was the answer. I bought railroad ties, and using my ever faithful Pinterest app, I constructed a nice little raised bed. I bought Miracle Grow soil to plant in, and as I labored daily on my little garden, I began to see my vegetables growing. I was so excited. I had done it! I was growing something!
Unfortunately, that year we had a storm that brought 6 inches of rain in only a few hours. I looked out my bedroom window as my lovely yard became a raging river. My raised beds were completely underwater. Once the water had receded the next morning I went out to see how my garden faired, but I held out no hope for my tender vegetation. My fears were confirmed when, not only were there no plants, but there were no raised beds at all.
Once the ground dried up enough we took our side by side out in the field to look for them, and we finally found them in pieces 200 yards from the house. Well, by this time I decided I was done trying to grow anything. Apparently the green thumb that runs rampant in my family skipped a generation because I couldn’t grow anything.
I went a whole year determined that I was not going to try another garden, but when Spring came, I found myself planning a different way to grow my things. This time I decided to buy a bunch of galvanized buckets. I poked holes in the bottom for drainage and I covered the front yard with them. I made sure to put them where it never flooded this time. I always take pride in saying I learn from my mistakes. So you may be asking your self now, ‘What disaster has befallen this garden?” Well, I’ll tell you; children.
Gardens don’t do well when you have a couple of mischievous little boys running about outside. The boys thought they were helping me by pulling the weeds. Only it wasn’t the weeds they were pulling, but my onions, tomatoes, and other vegetables. At this point I wanted to sit down and cry. Never have I known someone have so many problems in trying to grow a garden.
So this year I thought I would do it right. We bought a fancy new tiller, and I worked that ground thoroughly. Before putting any plants or seeds in the ground I put Miracle Grow out and tilled it again to make sure the soil was healthy with nutrients and ready for planting. When it was time we planted everything and I was happy with my half acre garden. I worked it every day and things were looking great, that was until mother nature had to step in again. A late winter deep freeze came. I had covered everything, but it seems mother nature doesn’t like me and we lost half of the crop.
So I found myself replanting what I lost within the following week. Just as I got everything replanted the rains began. I couldn’t get into my garden for an entire week due to heavy rainfalls everyday. Then I had to wait for the ground to soak up the excess water. During that time the heat came in full force. By the time I was able to get to the garden, what plants that didn’t drown were baked to a crisp.
I think next year I will just get my vegetables at the local farmer’s market. Ugh!