Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Gardening Is Always About Next Year
I have had this said to me many times and it has never rang more true than this year, than this gardening season.
Gardening is always about next year.
I never truly understood the saying until recently. Our garden disaster has really set me back and got me thinking about how we should go about this gardening business. It was devastating to say the least. This Summer I was really anticipating a thriving garden that I could pick an abundance of produce from and feed my family with. I was also counting on canning a ridiculous amount of tomatoes and the like. Now, now I'm not so sure I'm going to have a garden this year. The flooding (which actually happened twice now) has washed away quite a bit of soil and the wood chips are still so wet that I'm not sure anything would grow.
Those wood chips are holding in the water a little too well.
I love the wood chip idea and I still think it's a great method, but I've come to realize that it is something that will be amazing in a few years when the chips have had the time to decompose. We just got our wood chips about 4 months ago; not nearly enough time for them to be what they should be.
So, now what do we do?
I think that we should scratch the idea of a Summer garden and use the time to really make the garden what it should be. I think we could have things situated by Fall...so maybe we could have a Fall garden? Maybe?
Last Summer we dug out the irrigation ditch (which is actually the neighbors job) that runs alongside our garden so it wouldn't flood our - ahem - garden, but that didn't quite work as planned. I wasn't really wanting to do our whole garden in planter boxes, but now I'm thinkin' it might not be such a bad idea. If we can't get the flooding under control, then we should probably raise our garden 1-2 feet so if we do get flooded again, it doesn't ruin our WHOLE garden. Seriously, I still can't believe that ALL of the seedlings I doted on are dead. Unbelievable.
My husband LOVES this picture and he thinks this is what we should do with our garden. I would like my beds raised a bit more just to be safe, but I really do like the beauty that this garden boasts. It's just radiant with thriving plants and tells of the gardeners many hours spent caring for the land. I really do hope to have a luscious garden one day and I hope it doesn't take more than a few years to achieve. I'm sure you experienced gardeners are laughing right now because when does a project like this ever become 'finished'? Well, I'd like to at least have something growing in our garden and not just weeds.
I am trying to remain hopeful because instead of this beauty or heck even anything growing, all I got is a pile of sopping wet wood chips and dead seedlings.
Gardening is always about next year, and hope is for the rest of my life.