We have had a vegetable garden before. We’ve had several. They’ve been small but relatively productive. I’ve always bought nursery plants. This year we decided to learn some self sufficiency and built 5 raised beds and started many of our plants from seed. At first this was a tremendously successful event. I loved watching my little seeds come up, all lined up on the bookshelf in front of our windows in the livingroom. It was so satisfying and beautiful. May first I planted my garden. I felt such a tremendous sense of pride looking over all my little baby plantlets and freshly turned soil. Several days later it HAILED!!!! Nearly everything with the exception of my cucumbers wich were seeds and my peas wich are tremendously resilient little buggers were smashed and frozen. My poor beautiful little tomatos, spinach.,..gorgeous little peppers….all decimated in about 60 seconds. I grieved and waited to see if anything survived and came back. Some came back. Most didn’t. So, I started a few new starts inside and they’re thriving. Problem is, I can grow them but I don’t know if they will have enough time to produce… So, I have three choices.
first choice: buy some starter plants so that I can have a garden this year
second choice: keep growing from seed and see where it goes
third choice: buy some starts and keep growing from seed and see if they end up in the same place or not.
I think I’m going to go with choice three. I think I just need to experience the whole process for myself…even if it fails.
So right now I have about 9 pea plants, 1 spinach, 1 carrot, 8 or 9 cucumbers, 3-4 teenie tiny little tomato plants, 1 cilantro, some dill……… Let’s see how they do?? Can they help supplement the food for a family of 3? We’ll see….
By the way. Yesterday I had about 20 cucumbers (1/2 pickeling, 1/2 eating) and today it HAILED AGAIN! TWICE!!!!! about 1/2 of my little cucumbers got totally smashed and a few others just have some significant dings.
It doesn’t usually hail this time of year in our part of Oregon.