It’s been long and it’s been dry, with no rain to speak of in our part of the world.
We staggered our planting in hope of avoiding excessive produce during the long holiday period. The first lot of tomatoes, beans, zucchinis, cucumbers, peppers, chilies, various gourds and pumpkins went in mid November and another lot of the same minus the pumpkins , in late December. Well, it kind of worked, but not by our design. The temperatures have been so unusual this summer, we didn’t have much produce in January at all; and all plants, earlier and later, became productive all at the same time. We ended up with a glut in February, and now, by mid March it is all just about over – a very short season for the amount of work involved. I must admit, the longer I garden, the more I appreciate the immensity of the job commercial vegetable growers perform in order to feed the nations.
To conserve water over the long summer we mulched heavily and watered plants with a hand held hose. I think it is the most economic way as it allows to deliver a direct stream of water exactly where its needed, i.e. at the base of each plant; as opposed to spraying large areas of the ground only to loose most of it to evaporation. It also gives me time to inspect the garden more closely for bugs, health issues,weeds etc. and just to soak up the wonder of it all.
the following photo gallery shows some of edible plants and companions we grew this Summer