I was so excited to move back to the Midwest from Florida so I could get back to my gardens. Well, Florida followed. Heat wave in February, ridiculous temps all summer, and NO rain...
My peas burnt up before I hardly got any, my beans are tough, cucumbers bitter, sunscald on my peppers, stunted corn, and now non ripening tomatoes (although that may not be weather related IDK). Oh and of course I barely got any cool weather greens and brassicas. I guess all I can look forward to now are my roots and melons. I'm getting so frustrated!!!
Come to think of it, why is it so hard to grow food. You have to have full sun, but not too much. You have to have the perfect soil, you have to have rain at the right time,& you have to have the perfect temperature. Plants seem to be very particular. I think its easier to raise dogs or cats. Is it just me.?
It has been HOT and dry here also (in north Texas.) The tomato plants had a good start because of the warm temps and rain in the
early spring (are now over five feet tall) but only have a couple of tomatoes on them. So you aren't the only one who is frustrated Sweetie77!
We got a few sprinkles Tuesday but what we need is a steady soaking rain (we'll take what we can get though and are thankful for it!)
We had a downpour here in Virginia Beach yesterday and last night. My plants grew few inches!!! LOL!!! I do not let the heat bother me too much because I am mandated to play golf 3 times a week . LOL!! I have some stuff to keep me cool and we dress to keep cool. I know it is crazy but it is an addiction!!!
One thing good is we have a deep well and a sprinkler system to make my life easier. My gardens still takes a lot of my time watering where the sprinkler can not reach.
We have 8 faucets scattered in the yard. It was all planned very well to make my life easier.
Stay cool. Happy gardening and enjoy the fresh veggies!!!
I've never had a year like this! A green bean failure. GREEN BEANS people! LOL! They are so easy! I haven't given up though, I put in a second crop yesterday, and I've never had any luck with corn even with ideal conditions. I know things could be worse, I could be in Texas. Isn't this the second extremely dry year for you guys? I lived down there 10 years ago and we had 100 days of temps above 100 and no rain in Dallas! WOW!!! I guess where there's a will there's a way.
I know what your saying about the water bill Honeybee! Between that and my electric bill for cooling the house, I'm gonna NEED those veggies to feed the family :) The real crap thing about that is one of the selling points to this house was well water outside and city in, but apparently there was an oil spill nearby BEFORE we bought the house and we were never told. A few years ago all the wells on my street had to be capped because it was dangerous. NICE!!!! But that's a whole other story. Nonetheless, I am watering with city water and it's not cheap! I am still watering with sprinklers too and wasting so much, but I didn't know the summer would be like this. I spent my gardening budget this year on Rosie. My awesome rear tine tiller. Next year drip irrigation!
I try not to complain to much. We may be poor (kinda), but all our needs are met. We may be hot and dry, but my soil is awesome. My green beans might fail, but my melons are loving the heat. :)
Honeybee, I assume you have visited your building lots in TN. How is the soil there? My hubby is always away for work, so there is nothing that really ties me to Illinois and I was looking at little 7 or 8 acre lots there because the prices are right. This tiny little house on 1/3 acre is 140,000 and a bigger house on 8 acres in TN is under 100,000. Not to mention IL. taxes and price of living. Other cheaper states I've found for a little homestead are Michigan and Kentucky, but TN is so pretty!
It's just I am in love with my dirt! And as far as I know the best soil in the world is here in the Midwest. Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana... but land prices are thru the roof!
This summer is not as bad as last summer by far! We've not had many days of temps over 100º and we've had some rain. I'm not complaining, but it doesn't really make me want to get out and work in the garden any! LOL