This has been quite a year so far, hasnâ€™t it?Â I know that many across the nation have suffered with snow, cold, wet, flooding, storms and all kinds of weird weather that makes planting crops and gardens a struggle.
In our area, there are still fields that have not even been plowed for planting yet.Â I think the farmers are not even going to attempt planting them at this late stage.Â Most crops should have been planted by the first of May, for crying out loud!Â Fortunately, even the late crops that have been planted are coming up and will hopefully catch up for a good harvest.
The gardens are in the same position.Â Itâ€™s been a struggle to prepare the soil to plant.Â The farm that Norm works at has a â€œheritageâ€ garden that is in the basement of a house shell.Â The walls of the nearly destroyed basement makes a good shelter and holds the heat in for excellent growth.Â However, until just last week, it had about a foot of water so that planting was impossible early on, like desired.
Here at home, we have three raised beds.Â We plant a few things – tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuces, swiss chard, squash.Â I am not a gardener … my back and knees plus bee allergies keep me out of the garden most of the time, so Norm does most of the work there.Â And he is busy with gardening at the Farm as well as the many projects that need to be done in both places.Â So our garden is limited to what he can handle for weeding and harvesting.Â (Once it gets inside, itâ€™s my job to process.)Â We have tried potatoes but they are always a disaster and we donâ€™t get enough to make it worthwhile.Â We donâ€™t plant beans or peas because we donâ€™t eat them that often.
This year the raised beds have been neglected … there was so much to do after all the snows that Norm has not been able to get the beds cleaned up.Â Once he had time, the rains started and it was too muddy to dig them up.Â Then it was too cold to plant.Â And on and on and on for the many reasons to not plant.
All of a sudden, it was nearly the first of May and we hadnâ€™t even gotten our tomato plants purchased.Â I cannot raise plants from seeds .. I have tried for a million years and have given up.Â If we plant them in the garden, they will come up.Â If I plant them inside for transplanting outside, itâ€™s a waste of seeds, soil and pots.Â And my black thumb works for Norm, as well.Â If he plants them and cares for them, all I have to do is breathe on the pots for the plants to shrivel and die.
So, here it is the end of May – no tomato plants purchased, nothing but lettuce and swiss chard in the garden.Â What to do?
After much discussion, we have decided to limit â€œourâ€ gardening (well, I DO supervise!) to just a few easy crops.Â We will have cucumbers … gotta have those pickles you know … lettuces, and squash.Â Plus I finally convinced Norm to let me have pumpkins this year.Â I have been asking for years and heâ€™s been objecting .. but we have several hills of them.Â What Iâ€™m going to do with them is another matter … a few for us, a few for our granddaughters … maybe sell them at a Farmersâ€™ Market?Â But I will have them .. thatâ€™s the important thing.
As far as tomatoes, I will get them from Farmersâ€™ Markets so that I can â€œput byâ€ my sauces for the winter.Â The same with potatoes … I am looking for someone who sells them in this area so that we donâ€™t have to get some from the store.Â We donâ€™t have room for sweet corn so Iâ€™m hoping that the Farm will be able to supply the room for that crop.Â Otherwise we will have to get our corn at the Farmersâ€™ Market, as well.
Yes, itâ€™s a limited crop but it will work.Â And we are hoping that the limited crops will grow in this strange weather.Â A person will have to do what a person is allowed to do to get by in these times, correct?Â Hereâ€™s hoping YOUR gardens will do well in your area!