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How Does Your Garden Grow?

My garden isn't doing so hot.

Most everything is still living, but we don't have very much produce at all. I have harvested 2 small tomatoes and a handful of peas and beans.

And that's it.

I was thinking that I just needed to be patient, until I started to notice that my friends on Facebook and in real life have plenty of zucchini, beans, lettuce, and tomatoes.

I water regularly, use Miracle Gro, and the garden gets plenty of morning and midday sun, so I'm guessing the problem is inadequate soil.

We did not incorporate compost into the soil, since our compost pile was just begun this year, but I believe that would have helped.

How is your garden growing?

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  1. Janie O says:

    yes you need compost – we use the square foot gardening soil – 1/3 compost 1/3 peat moss and 1/3 vermiculite and our garden is thriving, I thought when I first saw your soil – that looks like compacted soil – prayers for a good yield though!!!

  2. Bernadette B. says:

    Sorry about your garden – here in South Central PA our gardens are going like gangbusters. We have been eating asparagus for over a month, lettuce, lettuce everywhere, spring onions are abounding – and the rest of the crops (not harvested to date) are potatoes, winter squash, zucchini, green beans, wax beans, tomatoes, okra, carrots, red beets, keeper onions, garlic and garlic chives and all the herbs (you get the picture) are wonderful and healthy – although bunnies sure like my fresh okra leaves. Canning, dehydrating and freezing are in my future.

  3. Beatrice says:

    Poor you! We are in Southern Ontario so a different schedule than yours – not much will come up until August. We were a little lax in putting on compost in the past. Our community normally has a spring and a fall free giveaway but if we missed the day, we didn’t fret. Last year’s yield, after about 4 or 5 years of gardening was small compared to previous years so in the fall we bought one of those giant bags of compost for $125.00. I’m hoping it will be worth every penny.

  4. Last year was out first year with a garden..we dug it out right before planting and had no compost..so instead we put in TONS of sheep manure…and the garden actually did really well! This year we still didn’t have lots of compost and we forgot to get the manure and things are growing SLOWLY..though it could be because we’ve had tons of rain and not so much sun and doesn’t help that all under the soil is clay here..hope your veggies start growing more!

  5. We’ve only begun planting here in Lewis in Scotland. We planted our brassicas 2 weeks ago, but we’ve had such cool temps and strong winds since then, they are alive – just! – but no growth so far. We have windbreaks built all around them, otherwise nothing would survive. We’ve had 2 weeks of day after day of 40-70mph winds, so it’s a real struggle to keep stuff alive.
    I hope the post I linked to is okay – it’s not all about the garden, so if it’s not ok, you can remove it :)
    Always love to see how others’ gardens are growing…. Happy planting, growing, and then eating!

  6. We have had the same problem here in Fl. We added 2500 lbs of composted manure last Aug. Planted in October and have had lots of green with low producing veggies like tomatoes, cucs, and green beans. Some things have done well, but the varmits ate the crops.
    I’ve been doing a bit of research and it looks like we need to use lime. Like 2lbs for our space, BUT we will be testing the soil first :)

  7. Use chicken droppings – they make great compost, and for you they’re FREE!

    Our garden was pathetic the first year, but sometimes it just takes time and experimentation to see what works in your particular backyard. And the benefit of living in a warm climate is that you still have plenty of time to get good yields.

  8. Sounds like your garden is similar to mine. It will just barely grow anything unless I Dr. the dirt up a lot. Hopefully one day I won’t have to Dr. so much. LOTS of fertilizer, pulverized lime (not granulated) – if you’re dirt is acidic, and even extra nitrogen for some things. Another problem I’ve had in the past is that the dirt is too fine and ends up compacting around the roots so much that they can’t grow. Adding organic matter (leaves) year after year in the fall has helped some with that. I’m so sorry it’s not doing well for you!!! We’ve been here almost 7 years and it’s taking a long time to improve our dirt. It’s still not where we want it to be. We talk of really revamping it big time all at once, but so far haven’t spent the time or $ to do that.

  9. Connie, I love your blog and your videos. Keep ’em comin’!
    I don’ t know if you realize this, but your Smockity’s Reel Life blog has a LivingSocial ad that shows the lower half of a bikini clad woman…
    blessings, joie

  10. I’m in the Flordia panhandle we have not had much rain and I’m running my soaker hoses none stop. I too have chickens, you need to let chicken manure compost before you put it on your garden or it will burn plants. Here our soil is so sandy you either grow plants that do well in that get a load of top soil to mix in with your soil.

  11. Kristie says:

    I live in Michigan and we just planted our garden this last weekend. I bet you get something before I do! Lol.

  12. We have some of the same issues. This is only our second year gardening here and since we’re renting and don’t know how long we’ll be here we don’t want to put tons of money into buying things like compost. We did get some hay from a friend who has lots of farm amimals and I think that has helped. We also use our old chicken bedding. But it is definately slow going.

    Evidently last fall someone dumped a lot of watermelon seeds in our compost instead of in the pasture and we had volunteer watermelons come up in our tomatoes. We had to move the tomatoes and now I’m hesitant to use the compost until next spring.

    Hopefully your garden is just a “late bloomer”.

  13. You can add things to the soil even now. I don’t remember the exact instructions but you can safely add manure around the plants, I don’t think it can touch the plant itself though. Another option is good old blood and bone, or a full natural fertilizer mix. Depending on the quality of your soil you can use other additives as suits (eggshells, lime, etc) Do the plants have plenty of leaves and greenery on them? Then avoid Nitrogen based fertilizers, it could be why you’re having a low yeild, the plant is too busy growing leaves. Try something potassium/potash based like Kelp Meal (it sounds like you’d never find it, but you’d be suprised the range of fertilizers most garden stores carry.

    http://www.grow-it-organically.com/npk-fertilizer.html – this has a lot of infomation on the balances of fertilizers.

    Don’t lose hope, you can definitly make up for a lack of beginning compost!

  14. Use your rabbit pellets now! They will not burn your plants like other animal manure. Dig a shallow trench alongside your plants, and fill it with the bunny pellets. Water them well. We put them on our rhubarb last year, and had 3 foot leaves on it. We have piled more on this year, and the rhubarb is taking off. (Here in Alaska, the gardening is just starting)

  15. We just finally got everything planted this week. So we shall see how our garden grows, in a few weeks:)

  16. LauraBeth says:

    I tend to lurk here (as I’m sure do many others), and you and your family’s situation is close to my heart. We aren’t currently experiencing a layoff (we’re self-employed), but the last couple of years have been extremely difficult financially, and we are stretched the thinnest we’ve ever been stretched. Fortunately, this is not our first year of gardening, so we’ve had a little time to work on our soil and so far, so good, although I’m always running behind on getting things in the ground.

    Your soil situation was on my mind as I was in my garden this evening, and I remembered the success we had several years back of mulching with newspaper covered with whatever free/cheap mulch we could find. It encouraged much earthworm activity, retained the much-needed (and ill-afforded) water, and turned hard-as-rock dirt into really great soil over the course of a season.

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers! I hope daily to see good news posted, and I’m sure you hope daily to post some. :-)


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