It’s been a little over a month since I’ve posted on here, and I miss it. I have been working non-stop the past 2 weeks so I can get caught up with my self-employed job duties. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, so I wanted to briefly update you on the garden progress and life in general.
I am really disappointed in the turnout from the garden this summer. I busted my butt off in May to build raised garden beds, and the crop output has been a joke. To date, we’ve had 4-5 tiny jalapenos, 3 small tomatoes, 4 small banana peppers, 1 small green bell pepper, 2 cucumbers, quite a bit of green beans (but never enough for a full recipe to cook at one time), and 6-8 pods of okra. The herb garden is still doing well, though the chives are gone now, and there are two watermelons currently growing.
Needless to say, I expected a lot more out of the garden after the huge effort put into planning with the raised beds and flowers to help it prosper. I think there are two main reasons the garden isn’t producing well. The first thing is the soil. I am not happy with the soil mix I bought for the top layer. It turns hard as a rock, and I imagine it’s not the best conditions for roots to grow. If we are still at this house next year, I plan to till in bags of potting soil mixture. I will also start throwing vegetable scraps in the garden once everything is gone for the year. I thought about building a PVC canopy over the garden to prolong the crop, but I don’t think it will be worth the effort this year. The second reason for the garden producing so little is the unbelievable cool nights we’ve had throughout the summer here in Alabama, with it dropping down in the 50’s a few nights. With normal summer temperatures, it’s rare for the low to drop below 80°, so I imagine that has had an impact. I just hope next year’s turnout is a LOT more.
The past 3 months have not been good for me in general. There are personal issues in my life I am dealing with (and choose not to discuss), and some depression has been present. I have been doing better the past couple of weeks and have gotten some motivation back. In the past 3 months, I had lost motivation to do pretty much anything. I haven’t cooked that much, and I get by with the minimum amount of housework, sometimes putting off certain chores too long. I went to the gym no more than 2-3 times during those months. I was super active late spring and early summer with yard work as I was determined to keep up with the maintenance this year and make it look a lot nicer, but in June, that stopped. I just didn’t care about anything anymore.
And I hate feeling that way. I don’t particularly care to linger in the “blah” stage for too long, so I’ve been taking steps to get out of this rut. It’s not easy, but I know I will feel better once I set a plan in motion and move forward. And as I’ve said, the past couple of weeks have been better, so I’m confident I’ll get there.