Last year was hot and dry and rain was something we hoped and dreamed to see, our crops where scarce and our well was dry at times. We had 10 to 15 gallons of water a day if we where lucky, our animals came first, we bought bottled water for ourselves and when we did get a good rain we all went out and ran around to enjoy it.
I was hoping for rain this year, enough to allow our plants to grow and allow us to live comfortably off our well water without having to rush to find enough to supply both ourselves and our animals. I am guessing most other homesteaders around the area had hoped the same thing, because we have had more rain in the past two months then we did all last year I swear. My fields are a wet soggy soupy mess and not even the ATV can get through some of them, I have one field, I am estimating an acre....ONE ACRE that is actually able to get into without sinking! No matter how I look at it, it's just not good. Enough is enough already, yes we need rain but I need to plant my gardens and now I am busily trying to figure out how I am going to manage to get the thousands of plants I have into One acre and in a timely fashion. I want to pull my hair out, it's like a test that is almost impossible. I refuse to let my market garden fail this year and so I may have to quickly make some trellises and try growing some of my cucumbers and squash this way. Next week every plant I have will be placed in the garden and this week all the raised beds that I will require will have to be made as I went from ten acres to one.
The one thing I have learned while homesteading is always have a backup plan because you need to be on top of things. So as far as my planting goes I have hundreds of tomato and sweet pepper plants to get in the ground, some spices, leeks, over 50 lbs of onions, celery, and hot peppers. I just planted my cabbage and Brussel sprouts and am hoping I still get something from them as I ran out of room in my green house. I have every seed imaginable and I am hoping it all turns out. So follow along and I will update with pictures and stories of whats happening in our soggy gardens of 2017!