Too Big a Bite


Loretta LiefveldWinter was almost over. Spring was coming. Snow had turned to rain, and the temperatures were starting to rise. My mailbox was filling with seed catalogs. Time to seriously start planning.

This winter, I tried starting my own seedlings inside. I bought 10 starting trays with domes and inserts, heating mats and "smart" automatic timers. I cleared two entire shelves of my metal shelf rack. An existing two-bulb light provided the required lighting. But I had zero luck.

My artichokes finally sprouted, but just sat there and didn't grow. The asparagus sprouted sparsely. Broccoli and tomatoes didn't even sprout until I planted seeds a second time. Snapdragons and onions sprouted prolifically and then just died before they even got as tall as the edges of the inserts.

I had big plans. For the first time, I started a journal... that had always seemed too onerous before. Every day was documented in the journal: planted beefsteak tomatoes, four artichokes sprouted, etc. Soon, my entries looked like this: replanted asparagus, replanted artichokes, replanted onions. It was getting very depressing.

My original plans called for four raised beds with rotating crops. But we had managed to only build two before my husband had knee-replacement surgery in December. I really wasn't up to building these all by myself and didn't really need them during winter.

Then spring came, and with it came a kidney donation to his niece-in-law and then ankle-replacement surgery. Unlike the knee replacement, ankle replacement calls for eight weeks of non-weight bearing. Building more raised beds was out.

6/10/2018 12:30:06 PM

Lorreta, don't feel bad. I too after seven year of taming Terra Nova Gardens have had to regroup this year. Weather started the tumble but other factors came into play as the Spring and early summer unfolded. Much of Terra Nova Gardens will lay fallow this year as I am deep into weed control. Just one short month of neglect has given weeds control of every thing in the garden. My saving grace is a small four bed garden in my back yard where the tomatoes, bell peppers, and eggplant will be growing. That's about it for this year. I'm hoping to get some garden structure work done as the summer moves on. Perhaps a Fall garden my be in the cards but I'm not counting on it. This just seems to be a slow down year which is ok with me.. It will give me time to think, plan, and evaluate what needs to change next year.***** It's good to hear about your experiences living in Kamiah, Idaho. Have a great summer day in the garden. ***** Nebraska Dave

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