Feeling Blue Over the Green
I’m not feeling blue over the green in our bank account, although that could always use some improvement, especially now that our boat broke down and we’re confined to land until we can save up enough to have it fixed.
No, I’m really talking about the green on our deck; our container garden is looking pretty bad.
At the first of the season, I read an article about whether growing your own vegetables was really worth it, as compared to the yield one gets.
It took into account all of the money spent to get the garden up and running, as well as the stuff you spend money on throughout the season to keep it producing.
Although we don’t use chemicals and do it organically, we still spent a little over $100 to get the container vegetable garden going this year.
We needed new pots, soil and organic plant food. I also put in the largest garden I ever did in containers this year with 4 different species of tomatoes, red bell peppers, tomatillos, jalapenos, cilantro and banana peppers.
Last year, my cilantro died immediately. This year, it went wild, and I didn’t know exactly when to cut it. Before I knew it, the cilantro had gone to seed and began dying.
Then I had a bad infestation of green horn worms on one of the tomato plants, which quickly spread to another. One plant was almost wiped out, and although I got them by picking them off and by spreading cornstarch on the other plants, two other plants were severely damaged.
Next came the squirrel or wood rat that ripped one tomato plant in half, took the green tomatoes off of another and finished off the plant severely damaged by the horn worms.
It’s taken my only banana pepper and the only red bell pepper, and it’s munched both plants in half.
My cucumbers are not doing well at all this year for whatever reason. The tomatillo plants are blooming, but nothing has set.
My yield so far is 2 patio tomatoes and 4 cherry tomatoes.
When I read that article about it not really being worth the money to garden yourself unless you’re really skilled at it and you love gardening just for the sake of trying, I thought, “Yep, that’s me, I want a garden even if it doesn’t produce.”
However, I was hoping, since we began eating an all plant based diet and we eat as much organic produce as possible, to save some bucks this summer.
That doesn’t look like it will happen. Dale said over the weekend, as I discovered yet more tomatoes missing, “I think you should just forget that next year, it frustrates you so.”
He’s probably right. I seem to do better with flowers, they’re prettier and whatever loves my vegetable plants doesn’t seem to care about my potted annuals.
How does your garden grow this year? Are you blue over your green?