We have been in a serious heat wave dry spell here in these parts. We have been having to water the gardens every night to keep them going. It takes about an hour to water every garden that we have. That is a lot of water. I am afraid to open my water bill when it comes! But the up side to it all is that the gardens are doing well and we are getting 2 squash/zucchini a day....a all new problem!
The onions are shouldered up and out of the dirt and starting to die off. Soon it will be time to pull them and let them dry before bagging them up in net bags.
The cabbages have seen better days. I started manually inspecting them and picking the worms off of them. That has seemed to help. I have spray for them but I am not too keen on using it. If the cabbage does not work out the chickens will get a wonderful treat. The LOVE cabbage and a cabbage infested with bugs is even all the better for them.
Our green beans are not looking too hot. They are supposed to be bush beans but they seem to be falling all over themselves. I doubt we will get enough for a meal let alone can, but the bunny gets them as a treat. Not much goes to waste even the low output veggies.
We have a total of 6 garden tanks, 2 veggie plots, and the berry patch. The tanks are old fuel oil tanks that have been cut in half and put up on cinder blocks. We use a mixture of mushroom mulch, compost, top soil, peat, and cow manure to fill the tanks. Things generally do really well in them. This year things are really dry so the tanks dry out quicker and it takes its toll on the plants.
In the ground plots we have yellow and green zucchinis, green peppers, butternut squash, corn, pumpkins, and a variety of tomatoes. They are doing fairly well given the lack of water and sweltering temperatures. I picked 2 grape tomatoes the other day and they were a yummy tease of what is to come! I can't wait until they really get rolling.
The corn is kinda goofy. We planted 2 different kinds of corn. 1 kind came up really well and the other stuff did a sporadic growth pattern. We did not expect much out of this garden plot, as we are still trying to fortify the lack of dirt in our yard with litter from the chicken coop.
We have tied aluminum pie tins in the corners of the garden plots to keep the critters out. It seems to be working pretty good so far.
Although this one was looking for a way into the garden!
The chickens are not happy with us. We have not let them out to free range in a while. We have to get the tomatoes fenced in so they do not eat them all. If we were to let them out now they would go straight to the garden and eat everything there! I have read about painting rocks the colors of the veggies and placing them around the garden. That way the chickens will peck at the rocks - get bored with the garden as soon as they figure out there is nothing but painted rocks in it. I have not tried this - I may, we have a rock or 2 laying around.
The fruit trees are not fairing too well in the hot dry weather either. We had all kinds of fruit in the spring but most of it has dried up. We have some apples.
And some Pears yet on the trees.
We water them as well but it does not look like they will amount to anything. Maybe next year.