Last year my small starter garden of cucumbers, watermelon and collard greens was a success. We harvested so much from a small patch that I even had to store some away.
After fall cleanup, I was flooded with ambitious ideas of self sustainability on a larger scale. I made an elaborate plan for the next year’s harvest. The starter patch and a new larger patch would be the location for my dream garden that would eliminate most of my grocery expenses for the year.
As soon as the kids were out on spring break, the plan was implemented. Two weekends worth of digging, planting, and watering.
But this year turned out to be a failure. Nothing grew, not even the seeds that were planted in the old starter patch. Out of frustration, I decided to opt for shopping at my local farmers market instead. They have a “pick your own” option that I thought could permanently replace my desires to live off the land.
But lately, my neighbors have been a source of inspiration as I see them working outside for hours preparing their land for next spring. The ambitious gardener in me wants to give it another try.
Some things learned from the garden gone wrong:
- Good soil and fertilizer is very important
- Pairing the right crops together matters
- Too much water can kill
- Putting flowers out to attracts bees helps
- Don’t crowd seeds. They need space to stretch out or trellis up.
- Pull out dead plants when you see them
- Ask for help