Of the many hats we wear here on the farm, gardening remains one of my favorite activities. Even in this dreadful summer heat, one of the few things that can keep my interest outside this time of year is our garden.
It wasn’t very many years ago that my gardening efforts pretty much ended by the latter part of June. These days I try to keep something growing about 9 months a year.
One of the reasons I closed our garden over the summer was the very basic requirent of water. Plants need a lot of it over the summer months and not only was this a bit expensive, but the plants didn’t seem to thrive as well on water treated for human consumption.
The garden is still thirsty, but now we have a 1500 gallon tank that we use to collect rain water. The garden really loves this water source!
Of course it matters too what plants are grown in the summer. Most of what does well in the Spring won’t tolerate the Texas summer sun. The trick is to find plants that can handle it.
The plants in our garden right now are those I’ve found to do best in our soil in the summer. What is growing now are: bell peppers, cantaloupe, cucumbers, okra, and watermelon. There are a few tomato plants not in the picture, but they aren’t producing much at all right now. I like to try to keep a few plants alive over the summer for Fall tomatoes.
There is plenty of room in the garden for more beds and I look forward to getting that done over the Fall and Winter. I also can’t waig to finally get some matting and mulch on the ground between the beds so I don’t have to battle the grass all year.
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