We have just closed out a week of high temps and humidity resulting in ‘feels’ like >100 degrees Fahrenheit. The amount of gardening done here was minimal, which translated means the only time I ventured outside was to water or pick ripe berries. Don’t ask me how many books I read.
This week I’m happy to say the temps are more July like which means the forecast includes high 80’s to low 90’s. I can work with that. The raspberry bushes are loaded, and the flowers are in full bloom.
Then I have a gardening mystery.
This spring, we wanted to level a tank and install an additional one. We emptied the large one to level it and filled them both with super loam that included compost purchased from a local company that we have successfully dealt with for over twelve years.
The plants should be 12-18″ tall and bushy. Not so much.
They sit about 3′ apart so they have the same sun exposure. The outlier here is the soil. I contacted the company looking for feedback, included info and photos. No response.
So, what are we going to do? The only feasible thing seems to be to shovel it out again and start over because clearly this soil is negatively impacted by something which is pretty obvious when marigolds won’t even grow.
I always chuckle as these issues arise because I think back to the days when my grandparents sunk seeds in the ground, watered, hoed, and harvested. Simple. Today, we deal with every kind of pest, flying or walking, disease, off the chart weather, and compromised soil that we actually pay for. If you’re a gardener, I’m sure you can add to this list.
So, on a gorgeous Saturday, we drove north to McKenzie’s Farm in Milton, NH, where we picked up delicious cherry tomatoes, blueberries, ciabatta bread, and, of course, cider donuts. For the weekend at least, I let someone else do my gardening and baking. 🙂