The beginning of this gardening seasoning was set with high hopes. The plan was perfection. The execution of said plan was nearly spot on. But, even the greatest of ideals will falter. So, here I stand in July surveying the past four months of lessons lived and learned in the vegetable garden.
Even if lettuce is planted on a flawless “2-week” interval, a family of 2-1/2 cannot eat an entire row, albeit short row, of lettuce every two weeks. See that brown patch of dirt next to the lettuce, that is where I pulled up bouquet upon bouquet of flowering lettuce!
Pumpkins take up an inordinate amount of space.
Pumpkins do extremely well when started from seed in peat pots and planted directly into the ground.
Broccoli will immediately bolt and flower when faced with 90-degree weather. My fingers are crossed that it’s not completely done for.
The plan for green beans is still a work in progress. My attempt to “make” the fancy wrought-iron trellis teepees that I have seen in top-notch garden stores was a bumbling failure. All that has amassed are low-growing, unhappy green beans.
Unpruned raspberries appear to do better than pruned raspberries. Go figure…
Despite the war of attrition between husband and wife over the maple tree IN the vegetable garden, the corn is proving battle hardy. It is listing to the west, but it was also “knee high by the fourth of July”
And, there you have it. A few lessons learned and the preparation for more stumbles, epiphanies and flat out failures.