So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. I Corinthians 3:7
I know this verse is not referring to literal gardening, but it is pertinent nonetheless, is it not? How can I look upon this gorgeous greenery and not be reminded of that (in every possible context)?
I love the green that’s all around right now, and it’s just amazing to watch a garden grow.
From left: beans, tomatoes, sunflowers
Overall, I am thrilled with how well our garden has done/is doing this year. That hay mulch we put down has worked wonderfully, significantly reducing our weeding time. In fact, there are NO weeds in the areas where it was applied thickly enough. In thinner areas and along the “seams” a few weeds are cropping up, but those are easily dealt with. Plus, as the hay decays it will enrich the soil. Win-win.
Close-up of the mulch in between rows, with nary a weed in sight. Hurrah!
Now, let me share a few trouble spots. Who can help me out here?
In the spring, it looked like we were going to have a bumper crop of blackberries—LOTS of blossoms, LOTS of forming berries. Now, the “harvest” is a measly couple of tiny berries on dry canes with shriveling, browning leaves.
See what I mean?
My first thought was lack of rain, as we have had to water the garden plenty this summer but have not watered the blackberries since they were well-established. However, the new-growth canes look vibrant, green, and not at all thirsty.
See? Healthy new growth.
Hmm, mystery. Looks like we’ll be fighting mosquitoes this year and collecting our berries at the edge of the woods instead—assuming those have grown well.
As for my kohlrabi, most of it looks like the ones you see on the right side of the picture, which aren’t bulbing up at all. A handful look as they should–nice and rotund. I planted these all from seed and in our raised beds, which have excellent “soil” (a mixture of peat, vermiculite and compost.) I have thinned (and the chickens love me!). I have watered. What haven’t I done? (I’ll admit I have not yet googled.) I have never grown kohlrabi before, so it’s trial and error this year.
Okay, master gardeners, tell me what you think.