It has been a very difficult gardening and farming year for Iowa. We have seen over 15″ of rain in the metro alone during the month of June. 5″ is the norm. Gardens are just not thriving as that much rain depletes nitrogen levels. It’s been a season of amending, battling prolific slugs and mosquitos and waiting it out. My heart goes out to our local family farmers that have lost fields of crops. It’s been evident seeing empty tables at the farmers market. Prayerfully, our weather will turn for the best and enable them to produce abundant warm weather crops.
At my plots it’s been no different. Some of my crops are weeks behind and my fingers are crossed that they will have time to grow and produce something. If not, there’s always next year
Mami and Papi plots
I have a post coming up soon on battling fungus including blight.
Community Gardening Plots
My community gardening plots are in full sun. My hubby raised me 3 beds in one of my plots this year in order to prevent flooding that has been a regular occurrence over the past few years. Unfortunately one of the beds that is home to my peppers this year is still to low and with all of this rain we’ve had it’s been taking in way too much water. It’s draining better than it ever has, but it hasn’t allowed my peppers to grow. I have added worm castings which has helped my crops green up and I’ve begun to see some growth! I’m just praying now that there is enough season left to see some produce. I had my heart set on all sorts of peppers this year. Sadly, it’s been a couple years since I’ve had a good pepper harvest. I took the photos below a week ago and since then the crops have grown.
Rain… please stop… k.. thanks!
My crops at home are doing fabulous! They are in full sun with perfect drainage. Next year, I will replace my corn with peppers. I’m determined to have some good peppers again! Check out my corn on my front lawn. I think it looks super cute! I’ve been pretty happy as I’ve actually been receiving compliments, ha!
Well… there’s my gardening update from this city urban homesteader I am already thinking about planting my fall veggies and looking into winter gardening. I’m starting brussel sprouts indoors this week to hopefully harvest by December and it’s looking like I’m going to be using my Grow Boxes for winter Spinach, Chard, and Carrots. So how are your gardens doing? Make sure to share on the Simple Thursday Blog Hop!
This post is linked to the first edition of the Simple Lives Thursday Blog Hop.