Bitter Tomatoes, Tiny Onions and Weird Zucchini


| 6/19/2018 9:06:00 AM


Tags: gardening, growing vegetables, solving garden problems, California, Renee Benoit,

Renee headshotTry as I might, and in spite of reading everything I can get my hands on, I always have failures in my garden. Some days I think to myself that I am not very good at this.

So for all you people who are agonizing over why your garden doesn't look like Martha's, or even your next door neighbor's, please take heart. Failure is a part of gardening and it's actually more often than not and especially when you're just starting out. Don't give up!

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Good morning, sunshine! The Earth says hello!

This year I have a small garden. We are spending so much time rehabbing this property that I don't really have time for a big garden. It's OK. I do more and more as time goes on.

This year I got well ahead of the heat and I amended the soil a lot. I took soil samples last fall and spread gypsum before winter set in so in the spring I could till the soil a little better. We have hard pan, also known as sandy clay with a bit of loam. There's almost no organic matter.



Having done all that, I planted peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, potatoes, and garlic. My first failure was the garlic. I put in about 50 sets and they started to grow, and then one by one they all croaked. Just rotted away. I never did figure out why.






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