Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Garden Woes

I am tempted to plow my entire garden under and call it a year.

The slugs are back and have eaten most of my squash, zucchini and pumpkin plants.

And this year I have buttercups.

Apparently according to many Google searches on the subject (I typed in "buttercups mean my soil is..." and got lots of good results, I love Google) my soil is very acidic and not only do the buttercups creep and spread quickly they are not a useful herb and they rob the soil of nutrients.

Oh joy.

So now I am contemplating the direction to head in helping the soil along. I am not a learn-ed gardener by any means, I putter around, so any help in a natural and organic way of balancing my soil and adding some nutrients back in would be helpful.

The only reason I haven't resorted to plowing the whole thing under is that in spite of all my garden's maladies it is producing something, which I've been told is better than nothing at all.

Oh garden bounty, beauty is thy name.

Not exactly bounty, but we'll get there, eventually.

I'm planning on planting tons of carrots next year. I love the surprise of pulling a carrot and seeing how big or small it is.

It's the simple things really.


Marilyn said...

My garden did well up til about a week ago. Now, it's slowly turning brown and nothing is really producing. I'm about to plow mine under too and plant some fall crops. Best wishes for next year!

Debbie said...

Steve Solomon's book, "Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades" is really helpful on a number of fronts. He has good recipes for soil amending, etc. It's been a good resource for us!