Well I’m ‘gardening’ this year and sowed a ton of seeds. I’ve had AMAZING success… in fact too much success due to 100% of the seeds sprouting! I now have 15 tomato plants! I really needed to plant only ONE seed per jiffy pot, not 3. Plus, they are all very healthy seedlings.
So… all of the issues I’m having have nothing to do with the seeds, but other issues. I thought maybe others could learn from my unfortunate organic gardening experiences, so here goes:
Here are the Top Eight ways to ruin your organic garden
8. Don’t put out slug bait
They loved my squash plants. They were not picky: pumpkin, zucchini, golden squash, they loved them all! Thank goodness I saved about half of my plants… I highly recommend the organic slug bait that is safe for pets and wildlife.
7. Live in an area with torrential rain in May
In NW Oregon where I live, we have had so much rain, it’s unbelievable. Today we had a HUGE downpour that about drowned my hardened off seedlings that I had set outside. It seems that we’ve only had a couple days in May that we haven’t had rain. The lack of sun is truly impeding my gardening progress!
6. Feed the Deer fresh grown Snacks
Unprotected or unfenced gardens in certain areas are just an engraved invitation to wildlife. I’m not sure what size fence it will take in my area to keep away the deer, but I’m starting to scout out supplies for next year now…
5. Don’t prepare your soil
Throwing plants into soil that hasn’t been prepared is like planning to fail. I admit, in a few areas I could have prepared the beds a little better. Digging in some compost or rotted manure does wonders for a poor soil.
4. Allow cute chipmunks to plant seeds in your container garden
A couple months ago I was like “oh how cute look at the chipmunks pick up the birdseed and then run down the deck.” I also secretly thanked them for exercising my 3 dachshunds. But now? Not so much. Their ‘seed’ is sprouting in all of my container plants, plus they’re doing a bit of digging. I bought a humane trap to see if we could catch some but haven’t had luck yet. They have a lot of time on their hands to plan this out, and my husband and I both have jobs.
3. Live in the forest
Without sun, not many plants can grow, and most vegetables require full sun. This can be a real difficulty depending on where you live. In Oregon we always have to consider where the sun will be (when it comes out). This gets tricky as the places with sun change depending on the time of year and the positioning of the trees. I am definitely taking a lot of detailed notes on where things are doing well. There’s no way that I’ll remember all of this next year.
2. Plant your garden on a hill
It’s definitely possible to garden on a hill, but it’s more difficult, since water rolls downhill. Since there’s not a flat space of land more than one foot square on my whole property, I’m considering doing a bit of tiering for next year (combined with the deer fence… see #6).
And now… the #1 way to ruin your garden…
1. Don’t start a garden at all!!
Ok so I’ve had a few problems this year with wildlife and weather, so what? At least I started! And I’m sure there will be something to harvest for salads, ferments or other dishes (pesto hopefully!). So if you don’t start, you can’t fail. But if you don’t start you’ll never learn, and you’ll never know! I’m still having fun and my husband and I are uniting together to come up with ways to succeed. I’m sure the fruits of our labor will be very sweet come September!PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.