Gardening Bonanza! a Work in Progress
by, 06-21-2010 at 06:00 AM (1138 Views)
Wow, Although it's not truly summer yet, it sure feels as though summer is in full swing! We've had 2 more chicks hatch today and it appears as though another is trying
Its been incredibly hot here the last week or so, reaching 100+ F. Although we've received tons of warnings on the weather radio for severe thunderstorms, etc, so far, we haven't seen a drop of rain in weeks. My dear friend Kim is getting nailed in South Dakota, with flooding as far as the eye can see. I certainly hope that her rain finds its way to our house soon, perhaps not in the quantities that she's been receiving though!
In the meantime, I'm blessed to have a well for watering my garden, flowers and lawn. I shudder to imagine what my water bill would be by now. A couple short months ago, I shared my favorite method of gardening- Mound Gardening. Well, my hard work is certainly paying off in droves now. The only problem now is finding the time to home-can the bountiful harvest.
So far I've got 2 huge rows of tomatoes (most of them green right now), several bell pepper plants loaded with beautiful peppers, jalepenos, basil, rosemary, peas, pumpkins, crookneck summer squash and 1 little tiny butternut squash. (Garden Photos Here )
My cucumbers didn't fare so well the first time around, so I recently added several more plants. This time, I'm hoping that I have the correct nitrogen levels! I really enjoy gardening, but I've never really had a "green" thumb.
I attribute this years "success" to a handy little gadget that I purchased at walmart for under $30, an automatic Orbit Water timer. It's a digital timer that runs on 2 "AA" Batteries. So far, the batteries have lasted a couple months without any issue. You can set the timer to run 1x,2x,3x or more per day and for however long you like. My garden is watered twice daily for 45 minutes at a time.
They have single outlet timers, but this particular timer allows you to have it set to water, but at the same time, you can still attach another hose (for watering your animals, or washing your car, etc). Also, I did purchase one of the "single" outlet timers and it stuck "on". I returned it, got another in its place and it too got stuck in the "on" position. I now have several of the dual timers and none of those have had any issues (knock on wood!). Too often I get involved in other projects and forget to tend the garden, the timer helps me "fix it and forget it".
Here are some recently updated photos of my garden including:
- Bell Peppers
- Summer Squash
- Various Squash/Gourds