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Gardening Issues

Surely, I am not the only person with a garden that is confused by the strange weather this season? I’ve got seedlings in the ground that have succumbed to the dip in temperatures and flowers struggling to grow. Leaves and stalks reaching up toward the sun, but falling short of exploding into a blossom of color. (Except for one Iris, she managed to proclaim her presence to the world)

Iris

Iris “Here I am!”

It’s kind of sad…and anti-climactic.

I’m not the most patient of souls. I dig the holes, plant the seeds, and give them some water. The least my garden could do is yield a crop worthy of winning a shiny ribbon at a county fair. I want results and I want them today.

Plants

Only a few of these seedlings have survived

Instead, I’ve got only a few seedlings that have managed to survive and are steadily pushing their way into this world. Perhaps, this is a good sign.

Now that the sun has been shining and the ground has been heating up, things will get back on track. Maybe, these plants will be the hardiest of vegetables. Maybe…

Ah, well. If not, I guess this means there’s a trip to a Farmer’s Market or a Fruit Stand in my future. 😉

Fruit Stand

Fruit Stand

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7 Comments

  1. April 15, 2014    

    I know what you mean. Your iris is beautiful. Mine haven’t even started blooming yet. I have four little tomato plants growing nicely and just purchased two Fuschia plants for two concrete pots in a shade area. What else have you planted?

  2. April 20, 2014    

    I have limited water on my ranch so I would rather buy a few plants at a nursery/garden shop than try to nurture a weak planting. Even my house plants are woefully frail and sometimes don’t survive. I am the Brown Thumb gardener. But each Spring I’m encouraged to try again.

  3. April 20, 2014    

    I just potted some plants. I have a tomato, hot peppers, cucumbers, watermelon, a corn stalk, and lettuce plants growing. They’re looking pretty good, but I have some bare patches. I should go pick up more plants from the nursery and fill it in. 🙂

  4. April 20, 2014    

    Aw, I feel your pain. It’s always a hit and miss for me. But like you, I keep trying. Some plants or flowers make it, others…not so much. I blame the soil, lol.

  5. May 3, 2014    

    Lettuce, chard, kale and other leafy greens, including herbd, go in the ground mid march along with root crops. Everything else waits until now.

    Gardening in the high desert presents significant challenges to gardeners. There is the obvious poor soils, lack of water, and the intensity of wind combined with heat. If that’s not enough, there’s the fact that whatever we are growing is more attractive to the local fauna than anything else.

    One word of advice….amend the soil. Learn to compost. It will make gardening easier. Not easy, but easier.

  6. May 4, 2014    

    I wish I would have planted lettuce and kale but didn’t. The bell peppers, jalapenos, cucumbers and herbs is a start though. When you do your compost, do you use eggshells?

  7. May 5, 2014    

    You’ve hit the nail on the head. I recently started a compost bin and soon I’ll be able to add some vitamin/mineral rich additives to the soil. My hope is it’ll help with my gardening dreams, goals, and aspirations.

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