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Results of the past season
This season, a new greenhouse was built for tomatoes on our site, in which we planted completely new varieties of tomato for us. And it was necessary to build the greenhouse itself, and to build a high ridge in it in the spring. For this reason, we were delayed with planting seedlings, but the ridge justified itself. Fruiting in it continued until October. The place for the greenhouse was chosen correctly, and the varieties of tomatoes were selected well. In the greenhouse, many bushes of delicious "beef-tomatoes" grew and bore abundantly. The end result is long-term fruiting and extremely tasty, delicious fruits at the end of the season.
Melons in the open field: the first ridge - we got 66 melons from two plants of Serezhkina love melons. They turned out to weigh from 0.5 to 1.5 kilograms, the fruiting of the variety lasted until the very frost, but the taste of the fruit, let's say, is not for everybody. On the second street ridge, measuring 3.5 x 0.8 meters, we placed four plants. They set up and ripened 82 fruits weighing from 1.5 to 2 kg. Roksolana melon bore especially abundantly. The quality of the pods of this hybrid turned out to be very high.
Watermelons in the open field. On a ridge measuring 1.2 x 1 meter with a ridge height of 80 centimeters, we grew 16 watermelons on three plants. Particularly pleased with the watermelon Gift of the North - the weight of the largest fruit was 10 kg. And the taste of watermelons in the open field turned out to be better than in a greenhouse.
In the greenhouse, both watermelons and melons developed well, as they both grew on completely new, vertical ridges constructed for the first time. The area of the ridges was small, but the harvest of fruits harvested from these areas was high. We got 15 fruits from five watermelon plants. The watermelons were quite large - 10 kg and more. For all fruits, special hard shelves were made. The largest watermelon of the Lezheboka variety pulled 18 kilograms! The fruits of the Hybrid Gift to the North were ready for harvest in mid-August, and the Lezhebok variety was ripe by the end of the month.
The biggest problem in growing watermelon fruit in a greenhouse was that it was difficult to design the shelves for the fruit. Some of the shelves were made to hang like a swing. And during watering, it happened that we touched this shelf with our head, and then the fruits fell. For this reason, three watermelons fell from a height of 2 meters and split.
Melons in the greenhouse. Basically, the Gerd hybrid was planted in the greenhouse. Developed well, but the problem was the same - falling fruits and breaking the whips. From each melon plant in the greenhouse, we received 18 fruits, their average weight was about 2 kg.
The past year was successful for cucumbers, pumpkins and zucchini. The main thing in the success of growing these crops in hot summer is to fulfill the motto: "Do not forget, water!" Among the new products, pumpkins were attracted by their beauty and productivity of the varieties Burger and Khutoryanka. Last season, butternut pumpkins also bore abundant fruit: we collected 17 fruits from two plants. Flowers on the site this summer also pleased us with friendly and long flowering, but for this we had to spend an unusually long time and effort on watering.
Apple and plums gave us a bountiful harvest. But berry crops in our area gave a smaller yield than a year ago. Garden strawberries not only did not please with a large harvest, but their fruiting was short-lived. The lack of harvest of this culture is also due to the fact that our strawberry plantings were very actively attacked by flocks of thrushes. Apparently, this was a consequence of the hot summer, we think that there was less food for birds in the forests.
Our young plants of edible honeysuckle bore fruit very well last summer. The first signal of ripening of its berries was the flocks of the same blackbirds. They were so bold that they were not even afraid of the owners of the garden passing by, apparently, they liked the berry. Of the plant pests, slugs worried us the most. One gets the impression that their army is growing every year. The method of dealing with them on our site is manual collection plus processing of plants with ash.
What is the result of the past horticultural season? For us, it turned out to be successful in terms of harvest, but we admit that the irrigation was thoroughly worn out. If someone of those gardeners who were left without a crop last year wants to know the secrets of high yields on our site, then here we can say this: our method of growing plants is that we try to carefully lay food in the ridges even before planting plants, we mulch the soil during the period of abundant fruiting and take care of plant health during the growing season. We do not carry out pest control by chemical methods, as we create healthy land, healthy conditions for growth and fruit setting. We try to avoid disease. If some plant got sick, then this is an "emergency" for us, which means that somewhere we made a mistake in preparing the habitat for it and overlooked something.