yes, tomatoes were worse this year for me as well. but I planted mostly slow heirlooms. and they did what heirlooms do - go very slow. Melons and watermelons were a bummer. will not do those again, just get them of farmers market. Maybe I have something going on with the irrigation on that bed too. On the other hand that garden is only second year over the pasture and being a cold compost pile.
I got some beadles sitting on my kale that I did not see before. also found me spiders blown from Texas (really,... those huge bandit spiders), that was wired, I wonder if the bugs were blown in too. chickens will not touch them, they are black-red-yellow stink bug shaped things, but nit stink bugs, neither ducks will eat them... Does anyone know about good insect ID web site or something to ID the bug by the picture. I'll be shaking those off and treating with neem all over the place again...
I put Armenian and Japanese cucumber over a trellis. that did well. A lot better compared to the other patch on the bed.Got more than enough... I had real hard time figuring out what to do with them. all my chickens have very filthy wet beards and heads, and you do not want to know how does polish look like after being inside of a large seed cucumber... and them broken watermelon and then some more melon... I was wondering why some of the chickens shake heads though I got me a disease or something... Yah... too many cucumbers and some have those thick beards that turned into sticky gray wet spikes... polish turned into to a total mess, not washing you.., chickens do hiccup actually after that... that looked strange like... we aren't eating any more of THAT you woman yah... I did not even think then can possibly overeat cucumbers... on the other side 2 buckets for 10... well they were happy like pigging out and stuff on those large seed cucumbers... and got good and fiiillllthhhyyyy. I got me some nicely dirt colored chickens heads and necks. There was no fight over cucs that's for sure.
And I do need garden-yard help. I sort of made a deal with one lady who wanted to plant vegetables on my place in exchange for garden help but she did drop out at the beginning for the season got married and so on... so I ended up taking care of a lot more than I needed to be honest. The garden can feed 2 families easy. organic... So maybe I'll find me here some urban folk. who knows... I did not see much around here people who can teach permaculture without making the garden a wild thing. I guess I can offer some of the teaching as well in exchange for help
Edited by rf12345 - 10/6/15 at 4:40am