We are experiencing a heat wave here in Massachusetts....luckily the humidity is not wicked yet. I have been very frustrated by the garden of late. Once again I feel as though I have this newly expanded garden, with lots of time and money invested- yet I am harvesting nothing. Well, something... but not much:
Some things have not made it out of the garden, so imagine 1 carrot, 1 strawberry, 3 beans, 5 blueberries, and a few more tomatoes being added in for the past week. Pathetic right? (I have greens growing, but the tomatoes have grown so thick I can't reach in to cut any.)
No cukes or squash yet for me, they are so behind. I seriously need to figure out what I am doing wrong. I didn't sow enough beans again this year either. Harvesting 4 beans a day is such a waste. I did 3 succession sowings, filling a 4 x 4 bed. I had thought it would provide a nice harvest....WRONG.
I spent waaaay too much money at the farmer's market this week. Should not have had to buy peas, green beans, onions, tomatoes etc..... half this stuff is growing or was growing in my front yard.
Alright, enough of my ranting. I have planted lots of strawberry cuttings in my kitchen garden. I hope they root so that I may have a shot in he$% of harvesting more than 3 strawberries next year. Planting one hundred strawberry plants everywhere else in my yard has been quite disastrous. I think the space would be better suited to bushes and vines that won't be completely wiped out by critters. (These cuttings were trying to root before they were pinched off by me, I am told they will survive it planted in dirt, but the first batch I stuck in the dirt has browned and withered. Anyone have any experience with this type of propagation? I always thought they needed roots before being cut from the mother plant.)
**P.S. - Those lowbush blueberries are wonderfully flavored, I wish I had room for more bushes. Anyone considering adding blueberries to their repertoire should not pass them over without consideration.