If I started a band when I was 15, I probably would have called it Garden of Shame. And then I’d write songs for it with names like “Roses of Despair,” and “These Squash Plants Are Dead.” (As you can see from the above photo, these squash plants are dead. The vine borers got them again!)
There’s really not much to say about my garden this month. Remember that show they used to play on the History Channel, Life After People? And they’d have all these fancy digital animations of what the White House or the Golden Gate Bridge would look like if people were to disappear from the face of the earth? That’s kind of what my garden looks like now.
I’m so embarrassed, you guys. What happened?! Oh yeah, I totally neglected it for the past month. That’s what happened. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to prune the tomatoes or put out a trellis for the watermelon or do any of the other things I should have been doing. Although I’m always extolling the virtues of square foot gardening, one of the definite downsides is that you need to be able to keep things in check a little bit more because there’s not a lot of extra space for rogue watermelon vines or beans that want to climb all over everything. And when things are overgrown, bugs go crazy, fruits and veggies go bad, and then: shame. So much shame.
But let’s try to find some positives, okay? Okay!
My plan now is to pull out everything except the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant next weekend. And the tomatoes are going to be pruned ruthlessly. Then I’ll plant stuff for the fall, but I’m doing low maintenance stuff only–kale, carrots, and radishes. I wasn’t realistic about how much time I’d have for gardening this summer, so I’m trying to be realistic about fall.
Your garden must be doing better than mine, right?