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Mid-July garden update

First the good news: this is by far the most product my Texas garden has ever been. By a great deal.  We’ve had a steady harvest of wax beans and grape tomatoes and a few jalapeños. My herb garden is doing very well, too.

The bad news: I seem to be the only would-be gardener who can’t grow squash. Isn’t squash suppose to be the easiest of all vegetables? Not for me. I’ve also got one flourishing tomato plant that refuses to produce any fruit and another that’s produced a total of six to this date, only one of those has ripened. Some jerky bug took a bite of it. Actually, I’ve got a lot of really healthy looking plants: tomatoes, peppers, okra, that just aren’t producing much at all.

Most of my vines haven’t grown much, aren’t producing, or didn’t germinate at all. I do have this one tiny watermelon that is slowly but steadily growing. So that’s something.

The most closely observed watermelon in the country.

What I’ve learned thus far:

My timing stinks.  I’ve got to do better at getting the plants in the ground at the proper time. I wonder if there’s an app for that.  It isn’t so bad this summer because it’s been milder than usual. Still, I’ve got to have my plants in the ground much earlier if I want to have a decent harvest.
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The vast majority of my melons and squash didn’t germinate the first time, which meant I had to replant, which meant bad timing. So I’ve got to do better with the whole germination thing.

About half of our ollas have come undone. I can’t dig them out to fix them without uprooting the entire beds, so we’ll have to wait until the end of August when we’re preparing the fall beds to fix those. It does change our watering strategy, although they still do help if only to funnel the water to the roots of the plants. But I need to find a better adhesive for the ollas.

And finally, I need to learn more about vegetable gardening. I may look into an online or community course to take over the winter because by the time spring comes around, it’s too late.

Even if my little garden were producing full steam, I don’t think I’d have an over-abundance of fresh produce. Not enough to can, for example. Still, I think with a little tweaking, these beds could produce enough for us to be well-supplied through the summer at least.

Do you have a garden? What have you learned this season? Any advice for this novice?

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