When all is said and done here I've got to say that all in all we've had a pretty successful garden this spring. The biggest fail? My beans. They just didn't produce well this year. I'll have to do the unspeakable and actually buy some over the winter I suppose. It happens. We've already got new plans for next years beans.
I'm just now starting to get the hang of this whole gardening thing. It reminds me time and time again that those of you who have those seeds tucked away for an emergency don't have much of a chance in a SHTF situation. I'm not saying that I do either, but I've got a much better shot at it than the "uninitiated". And lets be honest here, the fact that we've got the drip line irrigation is a huge factor in our success.
And speaking of gardening ... Call me crazy but I want to get out there in the garden to trim up and cut back the tomatoes. There's a bunch of dead stuff on them and I want to try and get them healthy enough to make tomatoes for fall. YES you read that right! I'm going to try for some Fall tomatoes. Since I've found there's a market for them around here it seems I'm not as tired of tomatoes as I thought I was! With the cool front bringing us some lows at night cool enough to set fruit I'm hoping to get another round of tomatoes. We'll see how that goes. I've been putting it off for almost a week now. As soon as it dries out I'll get started on it.
I planted a little over half a row of Dixie Peas this year. We both really love the flavor and even the texture of these peas/beans. The thing is that they've got smallish pods with 3-4 peas in them that tend to grow toward the bottom of the compact plant. They are kind of hard for me to pick at just the right time to get fresh ones. They will/do dry on the vine. That's fine by me but they have to be watched because once they dry you only have a small window of opportunity to pick them before they split their shells and the dry beans will fall to the ground. All in all they're a pain in the a$$ but dang they are good! I'm still pondering growing them again next year.
The squash is still doing well. I hold my breath and cross my fingers that the %$#& squash bugs don't show up. I'd really love to be able to can some. I know, I know. Folks say you shouldn't can squash. I say why not? We don't mind if it gets soft during the canning process, it's still yummy!
The grasshoppers won't allow new beans to get started. It seems they think that bean sprouts are pretty tasty. We've replanted them three times so far. I don't know how much longer we have before it just gets to cold but once the garden dries up some, I'll stick some more in the ground. I've also got to get my garlic planted soon. At least around here I've got a pretty good size window of opportunity to plant it. It's on my "list".
Sue, from over at The Little Acre That Could asked if I would do all this over again next year. Absolutely! As much as I fuss I just love doing this. (mostly) I really do love it. It's a different way of life and I'm trying to embrace every last bit of it. This place is something I've dreamed about having for years and years. Of course I didn't know we would end up in Oklahoma but I've grown ok with that! lol I honestly believe that we were meant to be here on this little piece of land. Besides, it sure beats living in a R.V. park smack up next to the freeway! It's quiet and I get to dig in the dirt and there is close to NO traffic out here. I can even see the stars at night. What's not to love about that?