Dark days

We had a busy weekend and didn’t get to do as much gardening as I would have liked. I think we have two limes on the way (we can’t remember which dwarf plant is the lime and which is the mandarin, but the fruit are definitely not flat like a mandarin!). Perhaps it’s really a Meyer lemon tree and we’ve been had in a little lime green lie?

We planted in some climbing telephone peas and blue lake beans in the fourth bed. The potatoes are looking a little haggard from the strong winds we have been having.

I’m starting to get worried about achieving our challenge total of 236kg of fruit and vegetables on one tank, for one couple in one year. In the last six months, we’ve only had 2 months above the needed 20kg.

The last vegetable bed was out of action for several months, as we put off digging up the pawpaw tree and to allow for the no-dig mixture to decompose down to soil.

We had one failed potato crop due to planting at the wrong time of the year. We had crop failures due to a lack of bees pollinating flowers, and squash bugs infestations. We also assumed that our fruit trees would bear in the first year, but found out later that they may not.

I’m going to admit it’s been harder then I thought it would be grow our own fruit and vegetables. There is so much to learn about growing edibles. I don’t feel like giving up, but I feel a bit like Edison.

“I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to not make a light bulb.”
Thomas Edison