Monday, August 13, 2012

The heat wave is over
The heat wave seems to be over for now.  Terra Nova Gardens is starting the summer end production slow down.  The first flush of tomatoes is over.  There are lots of green tomatoes but none are ripening at this time.  It has been a task to keep the garden plants watered this year but it has paid off with quite a lot of produce.  I tried to give away as much as I could but I still was forced to can four quarts of tomatoes.

I was harvesting this amount you see here every few days for about four weeks.  Now the harvest is much less and the size of the tomatoes are much smaller.  The season is winding down way early.

The pumpkins and watermelons have been harvested.  I'm not an expert in pumpkins or watermelons but it seems to be just a bit too early for harvesting them.  The neighbor that grew these wants to grow more watermelons and about the same pumpkins next year.

The eggplant is ready for harvesting.  That was planted by another friend of mine.  His squash was a bit of a bust and the cabbage grew strong but remained small.  The sweet corn was a hit by all the critters for miles around.  I harvested about a dozen and the rest was gobbled up in one weekend.  I wonder if wild animals can get a belly ache from over eating?
The latest project is to make a ground water natural spring usable to water the garden.  The water as puddled on the surface all summer long through the drought.

This is after the first day of digging.  I want to dig out about this much again.  It would then hold several hundred gallons of water.  This hole was full of water the next day.  I would say that there might be close to 300 gallons of water in the pit.  After I get this spring dug out, I will build a platform over the pool of water and secure the perimeter so animals won't be able to fall in a drown.   A regular old farm hand pump will be used to pump the water out of the ground.  I'm not sure what the system will be to water the garden just yet.  I've learned to take it just one step at a time.

Here the pit is full of water after two days.  You can see why a cover needs to be over the pit as lots of debris will blow or fall into it.  Yeah, I know it looks pretty ugly but it will be great for watering the garden.

I've received another donation to the garden project.  This is a deluxe composter.  It will be used to compost fall yard waste for my raised beds at the Urban Ranch (my backyard).  I have decided to decrease the number of beds in the back yard by one and use the remaining beds to grow the plants for the big garden (Terra Nova Gardens).  It's amazing how many donations that have been given to help with the gardening.

Finally the gate is in place.  It doesn't have the hinges installed yet but the gate is standing in its proper place.  Now if I can only get the rest of the fence bottom wired in place, the fenced area will be secure from all critters.  Yea!!

That's it for now.  Thanks for reading about the taming of Terra Nova Gardens.  Leave a message and tell me what you think.