The weather is finally taking a turn for proper cold this week and it's time I took a look back at the 2012 gardening season.
|Late frosts killed some early seedlings|
This resulted in yet another poor year for beets and rutabagas.
|Cuttings from a rutabaga with brown heart|
Good soil promotes healthy plants so before anything else I need to keep working on that soil so that my plants are better able to fend off pest attacks.
Another issue this year has been weeds. I have a real problem with sheep sorrel on my property.
This perennial weed spreads very aggressively via rhizomes and I have a really hard time keeping it out the veggie beds. Even the raised beds are no match for this beast. I really don't have an answer to how to deal with this. Short of spraying all three acres with Round Up (which is not going to happen) perennial weeds are here to stay.
A big issue in spring was poor germination. It seemed to be a combination of bad seed and bad conditions. We had so little rain throughout the spring and summer and although I did water I don't think it was enough. The result was a handful of stunted parsley plants, a dozen carrots, and a pretty gappy looking row of peas. I will be throwing out a number of seed packets and starting fresh next season and remembering to water well those first weeks seeds get planted out.
My last big issue this season was onions. Some days I question my sanity when it comes to onions. I have never grown a satisfactory onion and yet every year I try to no avail. If anyone out there has some advice with regard to onions I would be forever grateful. I have tried seed and I have tried sets. I have tried different varieties in raised beds and in the ground. Each year the plants grow a few inches and then suddenly shrivel up and die. Is this another issue with my soil or is there something else going on here? One day I hope to solve the puzzle.
|There were supposed to be peas in that bed|