My First Year: What Grew In The Garden

My first garden has come to its end. For all my effort, the final harvest yielded a few micro carrots, some giant okra that look like they were grown with magic beans, and one sad cantaloupe that , like my sense of humor, never really matured.

I believe a large part of my problem was that I didn’t loosen the soil. They said “no-till” and by God I didn’t even rake it. Because of this, the ground was harder than a whore’s heart and my carrots couldn’t grow. I’m not sure why my okra trunks grew 10′ tall with 1″ thick but when I pulled up the stalks, the root system was no bigger than the span of my open hand and just as flat.

2020 Garden Preparation

Now is the time to plan for next year. So here are the steps I am taking during the winter to prepare for the spring:

  • Mow all the plants into mulch
  • Use my pitch fork to break up the soil
  • Clean the chicken coop out and toss it on the garden
  • Spread out the straw bales from my failed potato garden
  • Get drunk
  • Have a cry
  • Cover with a tarp and wait for the spring

The Bucket Rat Trap

While the video above worked… mine was a failure. That fat ass rat ate all the bate off the pipe. Despite this, I still think it was a good idea – it just needs to be scaled up. With Templeton sized rats, they most likely can just hang on the side of the bucket as they eat the peanut butter… or they might have spread it on a piece of bread with a pocket knife – I’m just guessing here.

I may try this again with a rubber maid container and a larger pipe with barrings on each end. For now though, I don’t have time… or energy.

Time & Energy

My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends – it gives a lovely light!

Edna St. Vincent Millay

I couldn’t have said it better. I really need a break.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. We had a sad garden this summer and my husband says he is going to keep trying. Arizona desert dirt is not the best. We buy dirt to mix with it but everything struggles. Funny post.

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    1. Bryan Layton says:

      I wish I could blame the soil here but I live in the Mississippi Delta… most people can plant a pebble and grow a bolder in this stuff.

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  2. If you work all that organic matter (that’s on your list above) into the soil, you should really get some improvement. Maybe add some organic compost to the mix too. As you say, in your area even pencils should grow into trees.

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    1. Bryan Layton says:

      I’ll do that. Thanks Martin

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  3. Irene says:

    Lettuce, radishes and green onions are some of the easiest crops to start in the spring, with short growing times, and they do not need deep digging. And perhaps that snake could take care of the rat issue?

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    1. Bryan Layton says:

      I’ll give them a try. Thanks

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  4. Linda Soley says:

    Templeton, as in California?

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    1. Bryan Layton says:

      Templeton as in the rat from Charlotte’s Web

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  5. Zack says:

    I’m a big fan of the most basic method of rat control… cat ownership.

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    1. Bryan Layton says:

      You know, it seems like most cats have had the mousing gene bred out of them. My cat isn’t good for anything but snubbing me with a smug look.

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      1. Bryan Layton says:

        Here is an update: last night, my useless (though lovable) 2yo cat, Buffy killed her first rat. I’ve never been so proud!

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  6. Rivergirl says:

    I hope you perfect the process…. the mere thought of tofu makes me queasy.

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  7. arlingwoman says:

    I was going to compliment your black snake. Love those things. I may have to get some of the rubber ones for my garden next year.

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