Episode 16: The Neverending Season
By Big Dave from SLN
From the Garden Experiment Blog Series
I really wanted this to be a good episode. I wanted to talk about how well my garden on wheels is doing, how I started the hanging gardens on my Jeep, and how the work garden finally expanded outdoors.
Instead, Old Man Winter is being a troll.
The two words you never want to hear when you have a garden that needs quality outdoor time. I've always been bad at keeping plants alive in my apartment, so the garden on wheels seemed optimal. Unfortunately, when the weather suddenly changes back to cold, there's no option in sight other than keeping the plants inside and hoping for the best.
"Severe Thunderstorm Warning"
I thought maybe I could help more with the garden's root system by adding a couple more earthworms. However, this past weekend's storms were so heavy with rain that many of my usual earthworm spots were empty. I was able to catch one little worm, and even that was a struggle with the downpour hitting me and the miniature stream over the sidewalk trying to take it away.
"Yo dawg, I heard you like seasons..."
With everything up in the air, there's no telling when we should plant the work garden. Never mind the effort to get soil to fill our huge box; with weather alternating between winter and spring every few days, there's no reasonable time to plant anything without fear of frost killing it.
That all said, the garden on wheels has some pea and bean plants doing well. Hopefully, with any luck, I can keep it healthy and strong until summer really sets in, and get some useful experience (and food!) from the project.