I've been sick for nearly two weeks now so it's been a little while since my last post. On top of that, the garden is struggling and hanging on for dear life due to some mysterious cause. The leaves of the plants were turning yellow instead of a bright and happy green and it seemed that the plants' growth was stunted but there were no bugs to be seen and I don't suspect any type of disease. We have a few hypotheses for the culprit: too much watering, not enough watering, high levels of chlorination in our water, too much compost, the garden gods are against us. After talking it over with a few family members that garden and are much more skilled than I, we decided to get Miracle Gro for vegetables (which I was mildly saddened to have to purchase) and 200 ft of extra hose so that we can better water our garden.
Side note on the watering situation: The garden is about 200 ft from our outside source of water. We have a rain barrel that we put out a couple of months ago with the intent of watering the garden with rain water but it has rained exactly 1 time since we put it out, so no watering from the rain barrel yet. I was lugging jugs of water to water the veggies until today. (See why I blame the garden gods? One dose of rain in two months, really? I guess the garden gods forgot the phrase, "April showers, bring May flowers".) Ok, back to the story.
This 200 ft. of hose just made my life and my garden so much better. I expect that with the Miracle Gro, the new found source of water, and the Alaska Fish Fertilizer we have been using, our garden will recover in no time.
Since I haven't been out in the yard for about a week now because of my sickness, I was delightfully surprised by our blackberry bush. Four cups of plump blackberries were ready for the picking and literally hundreds of red berries are patiently waiting to turn black. I doused the bush with water (thanks to my new hoses) to encourage nice plump berry production.
For the first time back in the garden in a week, it felt really nice to be out there and feel like I was being productive with the garden. I still need to transplant our tomato plants which look great and I need to pot the lavender transplant I bought from the farmers market. Those thing will have to wait until Monday though, because Festival International is this weekend and plenty of good music, friends, and food are awaiting!