It has been some time since posting. The biggest responsibility of the delayed blogging is a distraction after acquiring 36 acres in the high desert area and gathering information about gardening in the high desert, etc. Nothing to see there... yet.
In doing some research, I happened upon a permaculture site where dry farming was discussed and a mention of the book 'Dry Farming'. Luckily, it was last published around 1911, so it was a free pickup and a long read... still reading.
After researching that a bit, this article appeared about a farmer who
|When In Drought article|
“The hardest part about dry farming is actually convincing people it works,” Bucklin says. “But in places like Spain, France and Italy, pretty much everybody dry-farms because it makes better wine.” Irrigation has even been banned in parts of Europe to preserve the quality of certain grape varieties. ~ quote from linked article
|Tomato Hornworm on Pepper Plant|
Dead GardenAside from the distraction, we also experienced a total annual/vegetable garden collapse. This occurred during September, maybe. After having the plants started, the white flies came. The white flies decimated most of the vines. To help get rid of the flies, we took the shade cover off, and all the plants promptly died. I really hate the white flies.
And yet, I hate these fat squishy caterpillars even more than I detest the white flies. No matter when we plant, they are present almost year round. We don't usually see them until half the plant is defoliated and then they are pretty hard to miss. :(
On A Good NoteWe have a very prolific luffa gourd plant that all the bees just love. There is no lack of pollinators on these luffa flowers at any time. Hummingbirds, honey and carpenter bees are all over it almost all the time.
This is creating quite a luffa glut. I'm not sure what we will be doing with all the luffa excess we have going on here. We will have tons of seeds for sure.