I started my gardening this year in early April.
Back then I started cucumbers, zucchini, and summer squash from seed along with a few other things. Here in South Carolina some crops can be planted twice to get two rounds of growing. Just this past weekend I had to pull up a few cucumber and squash plants that had produced everything they could. I replanted both cucumbers and summer squash.
In past years I have done this same thing with limited success. Generally I am able to get the plants to grow however produce production was not nearly as good as the first round. There are likely several reasons for this including a lack of nutrients in the soil, growing the 2nd round in the midst of the summer heat, and to coincide with the previous not watering enough.
This year I added some Black Kow compost to each replanted hill. I am hoping to keep a close eye on the watering to make sure they get what they need.
In other “gardening news” my blackberry bushes have done better than I could have imagined. These are planted in a 4′ x 8′ raised bed and covered with bird netting. These were first planted last year and with this success, I am looking at doing more.
My small backyard gardening paradise continues to amaze me both in the work it requires as well as the feeling of satisfaction it provides each time I pick something.