On Tuesday this week, I dismantled our garden.
It was long overdue, because as I mentioned before, I’d given up on the garden for this year. I’d basically stopped caring for it, since I got almost no produce from it– and the produce I did harvest wasn’t always edible (disappointingly bitter cucumbers). It was in quite a state when I went out on Tuesday morning to deal with it.
My kids had a blast running around the yard while I hacked away at the dead and nearly dead plants.
I collected the green tomatoes that were left– perhaps some of them will eventually ripen and we’ll have one last hurrah. I’m not holding my breath, though!
At the end, I was left with a clean slate.
I’m not sure whether I’m going to plant a garden next year. This year was demoralizing– so much effort went into so little gain (until I stopped putting in the effort all together– with no noticeable change!). On top of the fact that I was feeding the local wildlife instead of my family, the cucumbers ended up with a blight, and the tomato plants (leaves) were looking sickly, too. I only got one zucchini from two plants! I am wondering if I need to give the soil a year of rest, and I might even need to treat it somehow to prevent future blight (I noticed it in previous years, too, just not as severe). Any suggestions to this end would be helpful!!