I'd suggest starting with a soil sample sent to your local agriculture office. Soil tests aren't terribly expensive, but they can really enlighten you as to what problems are with the soil--or to prove it's not the soil so you can focus on other things.
Garden is still booming. More tomatoes than I know what to do with, despite getting dying tomato plants from home depot for a quick replant. A pepper mysteriously survived and provided a large pepper. A bunch of carrots. Tons of zukes, pumpkins, squash and cucumbers on the vine!
Aaaah, it all makes sense. The person my husband got it from does grow weed, and probably assumed that's what we were doing with our grow tent. The worst smell that comes from in there is the strong scent of tomato leaves.
The Beatrix pumpkins are for sure going to be a staple in my garden as long as they are available. My husband was so tickled with them he's built me a garden for next year to put them in. I was also impressed by the pickling cucumbers I got this year, but I may try different ones now that I know...
It was a wonderful day in the garden today. We roasted one of the pumpkins to make pumpkin pie with. I was a little worried my daughter had bonded with her pumpkin and would be devastated by cutting it up...but she was apparently wildly glad to chop up, gut, roast, and eat her pumpkin.
Lately I've noticed my local store has been having a shortage on meats, particularly chicken. The aisle still looks full, but they've taken non-meat frozen items and used them to fluff out the chicken section, which is now only half full at any given time.
If there is a true chicken shortage...
Well, things are looking a bit less dismal in the garden.
The Cinderella pumpkin has at least 2 pumpkins that are beyond the usual drop off point.
Here's a zuke that's about ready to eat.
Pickle in the making? Too soon to tell if it will keep.
Grass basket I'm working on from some long...
Discover the onion in the most coveted grocery bag of all, the produce bag. Carry it lovingly around the house for about an hour. Love it. Stroke it. Speak gentle words to it. Leave peels from one end of the...
My grandma used to carefully tend a little garden on her back deck especially for a mourning dove that nested there. No other reason. She made sure there was a little tree to cover up the nesting site (I think it was under a roof rim but I don't really recall) so the mommy was safe and protected...
It looks like none of my in-ground pepper plants will survive the end of the year. Next year I'm only going to plant in pots because those ones are still doing well. The difference is I can move those, so when it hails/there's a heatwave, they can get shelter.
Unfortunately the heatdome did a...
Likely make them into a hot sauce. He already has a tone of different carolina reaper pepper sauces from other companies that he enjoys, and knows how to make his own. It will be interesting to see if the fresh stuff is hotter than the bottle.