Monday, March 11, 2013

Garden Envy and Cups of Hope

Yes, there is such a thing, and I have a bad case of it. Judy, over at Patchwork Times has me drooling over her garden. That woman has the greenest thumb I've ever seen. She and Vince harvest huge amounts of produce from their garden ...all...year...long.

Yes, I know it is only March. and much too early to plant here, but we've had a few amazing days where the wind did not blow the stuffin out of you and my fingers were itching to play in the dirt.

When we moved here, people told me that gardens were hard to come by, but a few people have managed to grow one in town...kind of. Out here, it is a different story. I've got all the land in the world to play with, and dirt as far as the eye can see, but its not growing dirt, and far from garden dirt. It's good old desert dirt, and about the only thing that grows prolifically here is mesquite...lots and lots of mesquite. When it rains - the operative word here is WHEN - this country grows good grass for cattle. And the wind blows...a lot...and hard...for days on end.

Doesn't make for very friendly garden country. Still, I am nothing if not persistent and in years past - WHEN it does rain - I have had decent yields.

I bought  the Square Foot Gardening book and devoured it. I built boxes. I bought the components for Mel's magic mix. I brought home tons of garden dirt from the local seed store when they practically gave it away from bags that had broken. I started a compost pile. I hauled manure. I have glorious those boxes. Great dirt. No vegetables.

Mel promised no weeds...or at least few weeds. Ha! I have one word: wind, Mel. Wind. The wind blows every single seed I have not planted into those boxes. However, I really don't mind weeding. I love spending time out in my garden.

I water religiously, but we don't have great water out here and I am here to tell you that the lack of rain is the biggest problem. We average about 11" of rain annually out here, and the past 3 years, we've been lucky to get 5. It's been tough. Really tough. When it does rain, my garden actually transforms overnight. It's a sight to behold! Alas, it is a rare occurrence.

So I present to you, my little cups of hope:

In a few weeks these little cups will be bursting with healthy, green, new life. They will be happy. I will be happy. I hope they'll forgive me for taking them out into the cruel world, where their chance of survival will not be pretty.

However, I'll tough it out. I refuse to give in. I will not be swayed. Where there's a will, there's a way. And where there is rain...there is a garden... that in the filled with hope.


Libby said...

You GO girl ~

Dar said...

You will have a great garden this year -- I just know it. Look at all that hope in those little pots. Wish I had time to start my garden, but I will admire your harvest from here and be envious of YOUR garden!!

Judy Laquidara said...

Goodness, I thought our average rainfall (about 24") was terrible but yours is worse and when was the last time either of us saw "average"? We'd have little without hope so I am hopeful your garden will produce lots of veggies this year. We have to learn to bloom where we're planted and trying to produce a garden in a land where gardens do not grow definitely requires hope and patience (and hard work). We were so lucky here .. there are few places in this area where gardens thrive. Lots of rock, cactus and mesquite but our dirt is amazing.

Carolyn Sullivan said...

I'm in southern ohio and I have Judy garden envy too! Our is actuall UNDER water right now. I've been talking to DH about raised Beds.... but he really doesn't see the need to start on it, since we can't walk out there w/o sinking into the ground! And I'm not exagerating. we live at the bottom of a hill w subdivision all around, everyone's run off is in our yard. I should post a pic on my blog it's a river only it' not running. LOL said...

You are way ahead of me with planting. Maybe a green house is what you need with your water shortage. We have had little rain here too. Keep us posted with uour garden.

Shelljo said...

Kev has started tomatoes in the green house, and he's working on a new way to plant strawberries. Like you, we fight the wind. And bindweed. We tried a strawberry pyramid, with store-bought soil. Worked well until the wind blew bindweed seed in it. It's now a bindweed pyramid.

Hang in there with your garden! It's worth the effort :)

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