This year my gardening goal is to grow a melon. It can be either a watermelon or a cantaloupe. I have plenty of plants started and they're doing well. But this will be my first serious attempt. Last year I made a half-hearted attempt with two or three plants of each. This year I have planted sixteen cantaloupe plants and almost two dozen Moon and Stars watermelon plants
|Moon and Stars Watermelon|
I think more than goals, gardeners have hopes. I hope this year is a good tomato year and that the stink bugs don't kill all my squash plants. I hope the powdery mildew doesn't get out of hand. Same goes for blight. I hope the Okra plants produce something this year. Anything. Even a flower. I hope the rainfall pattern is such that I don't have to spend four weeks straight getting up half an hour early to water seven days a week. I hope I don't tire of the sport of exterminating Japanese Beetles, Asparagus Beetles, Flea Beetles, Cucumber Beetles ...and Slugs.
As I have read back through several years of blog entries I have noticed a few things. #1 we are happily not under siege by dozens of destructive raccoons. #2 the deer are keeping a respectful distance. #3 the slugs are virtually non-existent. #4 we have not yet had a full force invasion of any particular beetle. This is an amazing luxury. I have not had to go out each morning to repair damage and deal with trapped/dead vermin.
Another thing is that I've had pretty good year for germination on everything from Eggplants to Zinnias. The direct sow plants are doing as well as the pampered and coddled indoor starts. Extra plants have been distributed and delivered. I have a flat of cucumbers to transplant after the second black bean bed is planted (they go along one side) and then we're done until we start picking peas.
|Romaine and Butter Crunch Lettuce beside the peas|