Unintended consequences

This is the time of the year when many gardeners look back on the previous growing season and make notes as to what worked and what did not work in our gardens. Well, we should make notes, because despite how certain we think we are to remember details, they seem to disappear over the long winter. This week I will dwell on the failures and next week I will highlight the successes.

My 2022 vegetable garden was one of my worst ever, for several reasons. I could blame the unprecedented, 12 week drought my area experienced between July and September, which nobody could have predicted, but this past season, I thought I was well prepared for such an event. I set up a 250 gallon watering trough, complete with a garden hose attachment that would supplement the three, 55 gallon drums I have had for many years. For the first time in 20+ years I was able to capture and store hundreds of gallons of water, from even a few inches of rain runoff from my shed. So I planted and watered my garden in May and inti June, confident that even a few passing showers would replenish my water supply. Sadly, those showers never happened and by July, I found myself out of water.

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