The End of my 2012 Garden

This summer was brutal. I can’t remember when we had such a long period of hot weather. I got curious and looked it up online. They’re calling this year’s drought the worst in a decade. I can believe that.

I was really excited about the garden this year. I was doing well too; kept it weeded, watered every morning, but the heat was too much. I couldn’t keep up with the water demands. We don’t have a hose, so I had to lug two, two-litre watering cans across the year. It quickly turned into a burden. Husband said next year we’ll get a hose. Great, but our hookup in on the opposite side of the house that the garden is on.

The garden didn’t yield much either. Both cucumber plants died off mid-July, and the tomatoes were taking forever to ripe. We got a few string beans, enough to have for one dinner. No peas, broccoli or cauliflower because of the heat. Watermelon vine just up and quit, and the ‘early’ squash wasn’t early at all. It ripened around the same time as the regular. We got three good size squash off of two plants. Considering the amount of blooms, I’m upset.

Green peppers weren’t as big as last year. By the time we realized this, they were turning orange. They’ were still good, but I just wasn’t in the mood for red peppers. Not many tomatoes grew on the vine and the ones we did ripen were either eaten by critters or they got that black rot on the bottom. I think we got 3?  Ah well, maybe next year.

So, how did you fare this growing season?

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

4 Responses to The End of my 2012 Garden

  1. Paula R C says:

    like you it was a bad year for my garden. Onions were the best thing I had from my garden this year. Normally I have lots of butternuts, marrows and Runner beans. One butternut and one still growing. One tomatoes as the plants were kill of early and are only just starting to grow, far too late in the year.

    Hopefully we will have a better year in 2013

  2. Oh, woman. We have hoses EVERYWHERE. Invest in a 100 ft hose, but get the commercial grade and not light duty. They’re really not that expensive. It’s better than lugging water.

    Most likely the problem you had (aside from water) is that the sun was scorching the plants. That happened to us last year. I put shade cloth over part of the garden and it helped, but only for that little patch.

    If it’s any consolation, it probably won’t be this dry next year.

    PS Even if you don’t eat the green peppers when they’re ready, pick them, dice them, and put them on a tray in the freezer until they’re hard. Then take a small empty bottle and fill it with the diced peppers. Voila. Peppers for the next time you need them for cooking. Just shake out what you need for the dish.

    • Lol, I was regretting not getting a hose after the first week of lugging those watering cans around. 😀

      Thanks for the tip too! I went out to pick them, but I left them too long and they rotted. Ugh, I’m becoming a total black thumb.

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