After last year I didn't think I'd ever try a garden again- at least not vegetables. But the problem with that is the gardener's optimism. The hope that this year will be better. So here I go again.
Last year the tomatoes in the ground did ok, but the ones in the big tubs burned up. I tried eggplant and peppers and they both did poorly in the tubs. So this year I'm scrapping the tubs and trying the ground. Tomorrow I'm going to work on cleaning out the old vegetable bed. It still has asparagus in it but the rest is weeds. Ugh.
I'm going to make a hoop house over part of the bed and first I'll put spinach and peas in there and later some squash. Basically, I'm planning for no rain and really hot temps like last year. The other part of the bed will be for some lettuce first, then okra and whatever follows me home from the Fling.
I was trying to think of ways to conserve water. I feel like if I water one part of the gound, it just spreads out over the whole yard. I have about 2 or 3 feet of gorgeous alluvial loam on top of pure clay. So I thought maybe I could put a 2-3 foot barrier in the soil around the bed to keep the water in. I was thinking sheet metal. If you think of reasons that this is a bad idea, please tell me bcause I don't want to put in all that work for nothing. That's how I feel about most of my gardening anyway.