I haven't been blogging much lately because this year has killed my blogging joy. With latest health issues and bad weather I lost my will to write.
I was filled with new ideas at the beginning of the year but now they are slowly fading away.
While I was pruning my orchard in March I injured my foot and past month has been an everyday struggle. I have trouble walking and gardening. I'm in pain every day and my foot is still swollen. Right now of all my shoes I can wear only one pair.
To make my troubles even worse constant winds and cold made my garden a concrete plate that can't be softened in any way. After troubles with sowing peas and carrots, with help of my dad I managed to plant potatoes. This year soil was so bad we couldn't plant it in rows so instead we planted it "under hoe". We just lifted a lump of soil with hoe and placed potatoes under it.
I should be planting beans and corn but can't do anything until the soil softens a bit.
Unusually cold weather is making my seedling growing almost a nightmare. We did get few warm days with cold mornings and today we are back to cold, rainy and windy day. In my wooden greenhouse, covered with styrofoam and agrotextil temperature is only 9°C
My tomatoes are far behind with growth and I can only hope they will be ready for transplanting when the time comes.
Peppers look a bit better but now I'm having trouble keeping them from freezing. I'm covering my greenhouses with blankets to keep them warm during the night.
The wind strength is visible from the fact that north wind tore up my plastic foil which resulted in pots full of water.
Pumpkins and watermelons are constantly moved in and out of the house, I'm trying to make them get as much sun as the can. Still they are growing very tall because there's not enough sun in the house and cold weather is keeping me from giving them full sun.
The problem is visible on my Amaranths too, they look like they're drunk.
Not only plants are affected by this weather. My 2 pests(yes pests not a spelling error) are also unhappy. I have to constantly dry Gizmo, he likes to walk around in rain but hates being wet and then yelps around...
...and Nero, he doesn't get wet, he spends his days vegging on beds :)
There's nothing left but to hope we'll get better days and times with more sun and less swollen feet :D
- Vegetable Encyclopedia