I've had my worst harvest ever, the only thing that did well this year was
my blueberry bushes and my cucumbers. Most of my tomato plants died, those
that didn't have only produced enough tomatoes for a couple of quarts of
sauce (thus the $500/plate estimate). I don't think the remaining tomatoes
are going to ripen because the plants think it's fall (the leaves on my
blueberry bushes have already turned color). My corn isn't maturing
either, I've got small ears with missing kernels. The peas and beans all
died in July. July was solid torrential rain, and August has been cold
which is why the plants think it's fall.
I'm in Massachusetts near Lowell and Nashua. Has anyone around here had
better results than these?
Like I said in my other post, we buy uncured bacon--- from pastured pigs
when we can get it. No poison, no preservatives. I also use properly
rendered lard (when I can get it). Imagine that. We don't eat poison
in our home. We eat real food.
"I will show you fear in a handful of dust"
We're not as bad off here, but I'm building several knockdown greehouses
and one permanent one that will depend on heat pumped from the basement.
I don't want us to get caught again (ever) the way we did this year.
We've had a wet season up until the past couple of weeks and what with
the cold, grey mostly sunless spring, everything that we started was
slow to grow, everything that survived was set back at least 3 weeks and
We've started a fall garden of cabbages, kales, broccoli, daikon etc. to
rescue the season.
It looks like we'll get a bumper crop of cherry tomatoes, but unless the
fall is warm or I can extend the season for the larger tomatoes, we're
unlikely to get much from them. And there's a lot of potential there if
they'd just get on with ripening.
Don't feel too bad. I have a friend in Maine whose plants rotted out with
all the rain. I don't think they harvested more than a basket full of
veggies. We had an infestation of whitefly and 2-spotted spider mite the
likes of which the ag agent has never seen before. One of the 3 gardens were
wiped out. Every pepper and tomato plant was destroyed. The cukes and the
cantaloupes and the winter squash were also attacked. No insecticide,
either organic or chemical worked. We are getting tomatoes, beans, chard
and other veggies from the other 2 gardens though. The collards are so
infested with whitefly as to be inedible.
I was gonna say... This year I have pretty much decided that it
might not be worthwhile to grow tomatoes--esp. since I do have
access to a nice selection of heirloom ones grown nearby (in
Concord, Mass.). This has been an exceptionally nasty summer though.
They're not only coloring up early here in TN but dropping their leaves as
well. It looks more like late October than late August. This has been a
very dry summer. We got less than 2" of rain this last time - the first rain
in over a month.
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