2017 Harvest

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Garden review 06.06 - 22.06. 2106

This spring has been a very moody one. Weather has been changing every two days preventing any major garden work. Morning temperatures are stable around 15°C (59F) , while daily temperatures move from 18°C (65F) to 32°C (90F). Until now in June we got 130 litres of rain while our average amount for whole month is 90 litres. There is a big possibility this number will rise even more since we still have 8 more days of June.

Past two weeks out of 14 days I only got 3 sunny and dry days to do much needed garden work.
There has been more days without rain but the soil has been so saturated with water that it takes at least 3 days to dry enough so I could get in the garden.

Last rain we had on Saturday 18th and I couldn't get in the garden until today.Even today parts of the garden are so moist they are impossible to work on.

Weeds are our biggest issue this year. Rainy weather is giving them much needed water for growth and the amount of grass in the garden is unbelievable. It takes only 2 or 3 days for a cleaned part of the bed to become weed infested again.
It is starting to seem that this year I'm losing the weed battle. While I get to the end of the garden and finish cleaning the last bed I can start again from the beginning.

I'm not the only one with this problem. Our neighbours are dealing with the same issue. Weeds are covering half of the field. I can't remember a year when they were so big.

Corn is lost somewhere in the green area filled with weeds.

Still some of my vegetables enjoy this rainy weather. My beans have recuperated and have started forming flowers, maybe this bean year will not be lost after all.

If Srećko doesn't decide to pull all my beans out.

Since the incident with deer chewing I decided to take Srećko to the garden with me.
Nero has been going to the garden with me since he was a puppy, he knows where he can walk and never destroys anything, but now that he's an elder dog he doesn't like spending time in the garden anymore. He comes to the garden, sniffs a bit and goes back to the house to sleep.

Srećko has never been in the garden before, I took him a few times to the orchard on a long leash because he always tried to dig holes under the fence and escape. Now that I have fixed every possible escape route I thought it would be a good idea to take him to.
One dog peeing around and leaving his scent is ok, but two...that should chase the deer away.

Srećko is a good dog most of the time, he runs to the orchard and I don't see him for about an hour or two. But when he gets bored he starts doing silly things.
He doesn't quite understand the meaning of beds and paths. Sure he walks on the paths if there is something tall planted like a tomato bush or a bean net.

But as soon as he gets to the part where there are no tall vegetables the fun starts . As far as I can understand it seems that his logic is: "If it looks like a grass, then it's grass and I can roll in it"

This rule relates the most to my carrot bed. As soon as he spots it he's in it. Giving orders doesn't help, yelling "stop", "yuck" or "no" doesn't help, I even tried carrying him to other side of the garden. No result. He forgets about the carrots for couple of minutes and when he spots them he's back on.
The only good thing is carrots are under ground so his rolling around doesn't do much damage.

Another thing we fight about is his digging. He concluded that if I plant something and he sees me doing it that means he has to dig it back out.
Today I planted my corn 3 times and had to lead a real war with him to prevent him from excavating my Physalis, Tomatillo and Jaltomate bushes.

Muddy nose and devilish look

He's been busy
Our fight ended with him being escorted out of the garden earlier than planned. It didn't seem to bother him.  For past 2 hours he has been sleeping in his favourite spot, probably dreaming of his carrot bed.

Did I mention he collects old rags and sleeps on them? :D


  1. If only we could get the weather to "average" itself---I have NO rain. We're dry as toast here and I'd gladly take some of yours. Sigh. If only it worked that way.
    Good luck with the weeds.

    1. Still no rain? How long has it been so far? Like 2 months?
      I don't mind the rain so much but the weeds are killing me, it's like they are mocking me :D

  2. Oh, I'm so glad to see your dogs again, so nice to have them around you in the garden (sometimes not I suppose, haha).
    Vegetables and weeds are growing fast these wet days. We also have an awful lot of rain, the garden is looking like a jungle, and I can hardly do anything, it is just too wet.
    Regards, Janneke

    1. It is nice, until they start moving around :D
      Somehow imagining your gorgeous garden looking like a jungle is not a bad image. :)

  3. I see that Srećko is really lucky to have you, he looks happy :)


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