07.23.15

A Gamble Worth Taking

Posted in Gardening at 10:47 am by Administrator

This has been a crazy gardening year!  After a very cold winter, the heavens opened and the rains came – and came – and came!  From April on into June it rained.  Tiny seasonal creeks became raging rivers – and the Red River became a lake of several square miles.  Even now there is still water standing in corn fields that will produce nothing this year.  Many of our gardening customers lost their gardens to the rain.  Of the 4000 tomatoes plants we had for sale, half went to the composter.  It  was not a good year to sell tomato plants!

We were lucky.  Almost all of our garden beds are raised so the water ran into the paths between the beds instead of puddling around the plants.  We planted extra tomato and pepper plants and will sell produce this year.  But even so, everything is late.  We just started getting tomatoes about three weeks ago and the peppers are finally starting to produce. I’ve made a couple of batches of salsa and will soon be making a lot more!

Phil and I never go to the casino.  We’ve decided gardening is enough of a gamble!  But for us, it is a gamble worth taking.

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