Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Garden Ups and Downs

KIA at the garden

Gardening here in North Idaho has been a bit frustrating. I really thought I had a grasp on things this year. I started my seeds at the right times indoors, planted my squash, pumpkins, and cucumbers in peat pots so no to disturb their roots, and started my carrots early, but not too early. Of course the weather isn't cooperative. It turned out the last week or so of may was way unseasonably hot. We didn't keep our carrot seeds watered enough and they came up very sporadically. The long wave of warm weather seemed to bring overconfidence so I planted my tomatoes, eggplants, squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, and some of my peppers and tomatillas the first week in June. But then, we got two frosts in a row the second week in June. All my cucumbers, several tomatoes, half of my pumpkins, squash, and eggplants were killed. I had a couple starts still at home, but was forced to start the cucumbers by seed and pick-up a few tomatoes at farmers market. We'll see if the short growing season will be long enough. The next problem to hit were voles. Those little buggers ate the roots of 7 of my brassicas which ended up shriveling and dying.

Now it seems as though things are mellowing out. We have mulched about half of the garden and have planted more carrots (and have been keeping them watered). The weeds aren't too out of control yet. Anyhow, heres to hoping for a good season. How is everyone's garden doing?

KIA's garden teepee-Moh made this with scrap canvas

I'm glad KIA isn't afraid to get dirty

14 Comments:

At 4:50 PM, Blogger Meadowlark said...

Just bragging (and I'm sure I'll regret this) but we have not had ONE SINGLE FROST for the last month!!! We did have a 35 degree night a couple of weeks back, and I was a bit nervous, but it's been amazing gardening weather in central Oregon.

(slapping myself for probably ruining a good thing)

Love the tipi!

 
At 6:11 PM, OpenID sensiblevermonter said...

Things were and still are just as discouraging over here in VT. I lost 11 of 12 tomato plants, both zucchini plants (though one kind of came back to life), our corn seedlings, and cucumbers to the last frost the first of June. I too got a little too confident by the warm weeks in May. Lost it all. But, there was nothing to do but restart everything. The zukes and cukes are looking strong, though not nearly as far along as I was imagining by now, replanted the corn, and bought small tomato plants from a local farm market. I too am wondering how much will come from our short growing season. And to add insult to injury, we've seen very little sunshine as it's been nothing but gray and rainy. It's ridiculous. Best of luck to you!!!

 
At 9:16 AM, Blogger BurdockBoy said...

Meadowlark:
Best wishes. Hopefully you'll be okay until fall. I'm just worried about an early frost. I'm hoping to get some row covers ready for the cold nights in late August.

Vermonter:
Thanks for stopping by.
Sounds like the cold weather swept through the north from East to West. It is so discouraging to lose what you've put so much time into. Our friend bought a bunch of tomatoes and planted them just a day or two before the frost and lost them all. That tragedy even hurt their pocketbook.

 
At 3:43 PM, Blogger willow said...

It seems that all of us gardeners have a little grumble about the weather wherever we are in the world. You suffered from late frosts and we are in the middle of a heat wave and haven't had rain for weeks so not much good for salads which are bolting and going straight to seed,
I planted my courgettes late (been caught out by the frost other years) but I will start picking in week or so. Lovely photos of your KIA n the garden, she looks like a real outdoor girl.

 
At 11:12 AM, Blogger BurdockBoy said...

willow:
Gardening is always a battle I guess. Bolting greens are an issue here to. We basically have 2 months of hot dry weather.

KIA has become more outdoorsy lately. Last year she seemed to be more inside. Now she loves going on hikes, splashing in the creeks, and playing in the dirt. Later this month we're heading to the Ocean and she is so excited.

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger Carla said...

Sorry to hear about your gardening setbacks. That's partly why I did my cucumbers and tomatoes in pots on the deck this year. When the weather was cool or too stormy in May/June, I would bring them in at night just to be on the safe side. I ate my first garden tomato today. They taste so good this time of year. Other than that, my "real" garden needs a lot of work. I'm hoping to make some raised beds for next year.

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger BurdockBoy said...

Carla: The weather around here is difficult. I may just do more container planting next year.

I hope your tomato was enjoyable. We may have some from our deck ones shortly, but our ones in the garden are a ways out. Our peas are coming on nicely though.

 
At 6:44 PM, Blogger Maggie said...

I have been so MIA and in my absence you have quite a little sprout on your hands. Congrats on passing your RS, it should open some doors for you. I am going to be taking the LEED exam so hopefully that will expand my horizons:)

 
At 8:04 AM, Blogger Mone said...

Hi, almost Christmas. Are you having snow already?

 
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