May 24th 2012, after 3 days of stiff (25-30mph) south and southwest winds, the wind has died down to about 5 mph this afternoon. Inspecting my gardens wind damage I discovered I had 1 cucumber and 1 mild pepper that were fresh garden salad ready. To borrow an Army phase, it was a MRE, (Meal Ready to Eat). While there I discovered at least 1 yellow summer squash that will be ready for picking Saturday Morning.
My native soil is poor, very tight clay. The garden plot was tilled 2 or was it 3 times? Anyway, after an attempt to kill a few weeds and native pasture grasses, I put down 6 small raised bed planter boxes that was loaned to me by a gardener that will not need them this year. Each box is 3 foot square and 6 inches deep.
Long before the first warm days of spring, I filled the bottom 1/2 of the planters [raised bed] boxes with hay and cow dung from the barn. Topped that off with about 3 inches of cheap (insert brand name) $1.20 for a 40 pound bag of what they were calling potting soil. It took 3 to 3 1/2 bags for each raised bed box. I gave it a good soaking with tap water, and watered as need to keep the mix very moist.
By planting time much of the hay had decomposed and I planted directly into the potting / hay mix then mulched everything in well with a course wood chip mulch to help retain moisture in the raised bed boxes. FYI-Slugs are not a problem here. Simply stated it’s to dry for slugs to survive. Grasshoppers is an all together different story!
At this early point in my 2012 garden, this combination seems to be a winner, only time will tell the whole story on how well this approach will work out.
Cantaloupe, cucumbers, watermelon and tomato vines are all showing signs of good growth. The vines all have at least a few blooms and the tomato vines are starting to set fruit. My corn is not doing all that well, but, I’m still hopeful to get a few ears of fresh corn this year.
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