Hey y’all! No, I did not fall off the face of the earth, I’ve just been a little overwhelmed with our Raised Bed Garden! The gardening season is coming to a close as the temperatures are rising here. Whew!!! And I am looking forward to a break! Texas gardening during the summer is just TOO DANG HOT!!! Makes me really miss my Fall Garden. Last week our temps were in the 100’s and we haven’t had rain since May 17th. Our Rain Water Catch System is gettin’ very low, hopefully we’ll get some rain soon and we won’t run out! I’m down to just the peppers and okra now. I’m sharing with you today my successes and what I’ve learned. Also along with Hometalk I am sharing 15 totally cool Raised Bed Garden Tips!
My #1 LESSON LEARNED
Must have a working watering system in place
(preferably with a solar pump, timer and drip irrigation)
When you have a 24’x24′ garden and only a Rain Water Storage Tank with a hose you will spend three hours every morning just wrestling with that dang hose moving it from one bed to the next! Let me explain, we have a Gravity Fed Irrigation System but our 1550 gallon tank sits only 2 feet off the ground so there is not enough pressure to support a drip irrigation system without the pump.
My #2 LESSON LEARNED
Too Much Too Soon!
(over excited new gardener downfall)
My#3 LESSON LEARNED
What in the heck will you do with all that produce?
(you learn how to store, freeze, can, cook, eat and share it!)
The zucchini did well, we ate it as fast as we produced it and I forgot to take pictures of them to share with you but the yellow squash only did so so. I had a ton of squash bugs and cucumber beetles to deal with! I’ve got to find a way to control them without spraying harmful chemicals on them. I’m trying to stay strickly organic here and hand picking to squish them all became a real challenge!
I’m happy with my results though some things didn’t make it.
The Green beans? These are suppose to be easy to grow maybe I got some bad seeds?
Carrots? I got a lot of pretty green tops but they were very thin and bitter (not enough water)
My Blueberries are barely hangin’ on but I don’t think they will make it through this heat (wrong variety)
Eggplant? Very bitter!!! (not enough water)
I’m still workin’ on getting the soil just right and I’ve learned alot about the bugs.
Still for my 1st year of gardening I’m feeling blessed!
I hope we can get the water system set up soon and I’ll be sure to share with you!
Don’t forget to take a look at all those Cool Raised Bed Gardens at Hometalk!
How did your garden do? Please leave comments below. Until next time 😉
Sharing with these fine folks
Kathy@The Chicken Chick
Kelli and John@The Sustainable Couple
Brenda@Cozy Little House
Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
Kristin@My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Stacy@Not Just a Housewife