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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Garden 2008

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
1100 AM CDT TUE OCT 28 2008

...HARD FREEZE ENDS THE GROWING SEASON...



No Shit.


















This had to be the worst growing season I have had since I moved into this house.

For starters this year, this happend Mothers Day 2008, day after I planted all 112 tomato plants. The tree just to the west of the garden dropped dead center in the middle of the garden. I was lucky enough to only loose one plant. Took most of the day to clean up and bend the conduit back into shape. For someone who uses Autocad to design and layout the garden followed by a day of using string line to make each row and stake perfectly straight, this was a killer.



















Next picture is what my garden looked like at the end of July 2007. That's my fat ass standing in the middle of the patch. The conduit is in the ground about 18"-24" and 10' long.





















During 2007 and pretty much every summer EXCEPT this one, this is what I got out of the garden about every 4 days. ( we make LOTS of salsa) Had soo much that I regularly took them to work. Not this year.Here's what it looked like at the end of Sept of this year. Not a damned ripe tomato hanging. Most of the ones I got this years rotted on the vine while they ripened. The fatality rate was about 25% in early July and went to better than 50% by August.

Not a good year for peppers either. Had 12 Jalapeno plants and got only 6 peppers.

Growing season was done long ago.



2 comments:

udn.Dave said...

We had a ton of maters this year. Nothing else grew worth a damn, but there are still a bunch of green ones hanging (for now).

Jimmys Tool Box said...

Thinkin' the 160" of rain this year may have dampened mine some.