I don't remember if I told you, but this year, I though the garden was a bust. At first the crows came and pulled up some of the small seedlings so they could eat the corn or beans they were coming out of. Smart buggers. Next, we had our rabbit problems. They were eating the tops off of our beans as soon as they got their normal leaves on them. After we put up a rabbit fence, the deer decided it was their turn to torture me. They jumped my garden fence and ate almost all of my green tomatoes plus, they ate my beans down to the ground. I just about gave up on the garden all together. That was, until last night.
I went out to see if we had one, just one tomato for a sandwich. Not only did I find one tomato, I found a whole bucket full! Plus a gazillion large green tomatoes coming on!!! The weeds were horrible, but I had tomatoes! I think the weeds were actually hiding the tomatoes from the deer. There were no deer tracts in the garden at all. Well, not any I could see. There were a LOT of weeds.
Not only did I have tomatoes, but I had beans! The beans that I thought were being taken over by weeds had decided to fight back. They had climbed the weeds as if that was what they were there for. There were bean plants taller than my head and they had a very heavy load of beans on them. Woooo Hooooo!!!! Maybe I won't go hungry this year after all!
Now if I can only find time to pick and can them before the first frost. Looks like it's time for me to take some time off work again.
So until next time,
Small Farm Girl, actual gardener. kind of.....
Yea for weeds!
I'm of the "weed enhanced" garden method. Seriously. It seems like sloth-like gardening, but if you can get the "good" plants to get a foothold in with the weeds, the weeds seem to keep pests occupied with things other than your vegetables. And I swear it helps having other plants (ie weeds) around the veggies during a hot spell as it seems to deter wilt from excessive heat.
It actually is working! Maybe we stumbled on to something.......
I'm happy you found veggies hiding out there. :D
Beans are tough suckers. To make short order of a big harvest I blanch and freeze em. Cant afford a canner right now and with my small kitchen Id feel like I was being pressure cooked.
We had a similar experience when we went to explore the heavily weeded veg plot. We found loads of various types of squash, beans which had dried on the vine so can now be stored as dried beans, some green peppers, a few aubergines, and a row of beetroot. Never give up, that's the message our veg plots have given us this year!
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