Good day to y’all .
This garden of mine is a learning experience. Also a humbling one. When I established a summer garden in the northern climate of Ohio I thought that things were under my control. I learned to keep the critters from commandeering my patch , I learned when to plant, when to water and when my soil needed enriched . . The procedure was simple. Harvesting was a pleasure.
Down in the southern coastal regions of North Carolina a new challenge has been presented to me. The challenge is timing. Not watering nor enriching my soil or combating the critters but , planting . Some crops appear to require cooler weather to thrive and so I will add these veggies to my journal to plant earlier in the season or later when Fall comes around. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before. In this climate we should have at least two or three growing seasons , depending on the plants . To do this I will rely more on my greenhouse as well.
The crops that have done well in the heat are watermelon, tomatoes, egg plant, kale, corn, beets, potatoes , lufa, herbs, cantaloupe, rhubarb , zucchini , squash , cabbage, and cukes . The plants that I would like to restart later when it cools a bit are peas , lettuce, and beans. There are onions also that will be planted later as well as additional herbs .
I am excited though to have several baby watermelon appearing , many tomatoes and cukes . The corn is growing tasslels . For next year I have a new plan and am learning that being a gardener never gets boring . It always offers new challenges .
To your success, Grandma Jean