Well so far 2020 has rolled in like a freight train with no breaks to get it to even stop a tiny bit. But here we are in April already and rearing to go. I got a bit of a late start on the blog this time around and do fully intend to give this some attention this time around. As a late start do fully expect this post to be really long with the missed updates from this years start.
2019 in a Nutshell
Simply to say 2019 sucked for us in general garden wise. The unusual year in general for temps and snow was throwing everything off in my opinion. The peppers seems to turn out pretty good and had a large yield that got dehydrated for use on future pork butts for pulled pork. The tomatoes on the other hand seemed to just kinda fizzle out and do a whole lot of nothing. We had a few here and there but seemed something else out back liked the green ones as much as the red ones so tomatoes were just bad.
The corn, well the corn turned out amazing for the two types we actually planted. Everything was looking good even with the minor losses at the start from hungry rabbits. As time went on these bad boys ended up being around 6ft+ tall and had about two ears per plant. While not the best sized ears they did fill out pretty well and looked to be great eating. I had checked the ears one day and found that the fluid was a day or two tops away and we got excited because nothing beats home grown smoked corn on the cob! Well unbeknownst to us we have a fat corn loving animal who decided he didn’t want to wait a few more days and gobbled it all up… It ended up looking like a war zone out there in the corn plot not to mention for some reason the sun flowers took a hit as well. I believe this year we will have to guard our corn and hope for the best.
2020 As it Stands Now
So far 2020, as i’m sure everyone knows, is off to a super rocky start. With the Covid-19 running rampant as a global pandemic with little sign it’s going to stop in the near future. All we can do is try to keep with the guidelines put out and practice safe distancing in general.
As some of you might know me and Angela work in hotels and while this does worry us a tad bit, we like to think in general we’re pretty good with distancing ourselves while practicing good hygiene. We know better then a lot of people how nasty people can be sometimes, be it picking their noses, coughing without covering or other sketchy stuff. We like to wash our hand with soap and water frequently throughout our shifts and use sanitizer when we can’t make it to the bathroom. We are taking all precautions we can while sticking with our jobs as underpaid and underappreciated “essential employees” in the hospitality industry.
The Plant Update
Well as last year kinda went to crap harvest wise and we realized we just can’t consume what we would of harvested in a timely manner. As such after a test plot of herbs we are going to shift our focus this season to planting more herbs as well as a few vegetables. The choices we decided to go for in the vegetable department will be Corn, Tomatoes (full and cherry) and Onions (from sets this time). The tomatoes we opted to not grow from seed this year due to spacing issues and decided the garden center tomatoes will work out just fine. Though there is a idea of growing some hydroponic tomatoes inside once the herbs are all outside for the year.
The herbs list is slightly longer and will take up much of one plot of our two 9’x18′ plots we have going. I personally choose a lot of these herbs for their flavor to use in teas as it’s a nice and easy way to obtain the herbs and they can last a while when dried. Most of the herbs do provide some homeopathic properties as well and will be utilized with those in mind for more than just tea uses.
- Slow Bolt Cilantro
- Lemon Mint
- German Chamomile
- Italian Oregano
- English Lavender
- Wild Bergamont
- Lemon Balm
- St Johns Wort
- Lemon Grass
The Images Finally
I know this has been mostly a wall of text and do hope in the future that these updates will be a bit more colorful on the way down. This section has been placed here due to the massive amount of images and a few videos that will be added in as well. I hope you enjoyed this update and look forward to seeing you next time!