So while we were able to harvest some things today we were also unfortunately defeated in other areas of the garden.
Our dry bush beans, sunchokes, lettuce, and other marigolds are not digging the containers. They all were scorched and burned by the sun. The marigolds were dried up and crispy, and our beans were stunted and also turning golden brown, which is way too early for them. My lettuce has flat out refused to grow.. other than a couple of leaves.
I’m a little disappointed, but unfortunately we are the guilty party in all of this. 1) We had too high hopes and expectations of container gardening.
2.) The containers were black, which may have drawn more heat to the plants causing them to not retain water as well.
3.) We used a TERRIBLE soil. We bought some “vegetable potting soil” only to realize once we got it home that it contained fertilizer in it. I’m just hypothesizing, but I think that may have scorched our plants, because it has only affected the plants in those containers that were potted with that soil specifically.
We think the soil our three sisters plot is growing in may be nitrogen deficient… Our corn (Bantam Heirloom sweet corn) is stunted at 4ft and already has the tassels on top. This is very worrisome as I wonder if we will be harvesting any ears at the end of the season. We may be adding fertilizer to that plot in hopes to get anything. The beans are growing great as well as the squash.
The wheat is doing great and will be ready to be harvested soon.
We have quinoa! Finally! Only five stalks, but they are there after hoping they would come through. 500 seeds later… we have 5 plants.
Ay-yai-yai! What a season this has been! The heat has unfortunately dwindled our season down a few extra weeks as opposed to last year when we were harvesting broccoli clear into October from the bumper crop! Ohio weather has not been kind at all this year. We still have a lot of work to do and a lot of lessons learned for next year.
My goal this year was to save seeds and I am biting my nails that we get the results to do so.