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Breathing Life Back Into My Garden for the Second Time This Growing Season

Breathing Life Back Into My Garden for the Second Time This Growing Season

Aug. 2, 2018

The thing about growing a crop – one minute your plants might be thriving and because of lack of water, too much rain, too many pests, etc., your crop can die off on you in a minute, especially if you don’t keep a watchful eye on it.

None of us can be with our crops 24/7, even though we would like to. Two weeks after celebrating my “One Year Gardening Journey” ( and three weeks after I successfully cleared a black fungus from my garden that I probably got from buying a batch of infected compost tea at a gardening center, by using a “Homemade Fungicide” ( -- my 3 raised beds has suffered yet another major dilemma.

I went out of town for 4 days to a family reunion and came back to a garden that has almost dried up and stop producing. My cherry tomatoes have stopped producing.

The 4 rows of Swiss Chard were turning yellow instead of green and should have been further along in size. The cucumber leaves along with the New Zealand Spinach leaves were discolored and drying up.

All the leaves on my fruits – Watermelons, Cantaloupes, and Honeydew melons were turning yellow. The only two foods still producing were the 6 pepper plants and rows of sweet potatoes, which should be ready for harvesting over the next 30 days, when it reaches 120 days.

Many new gardeners would have probably just walked away from the plants that were dying and probably would have cut their losses and even pulled them out of the ground.

But not me, especially after growing foods successfully for 1 year and releasing two gardening books “Green Thumb at 60: How I Started My Gardening Journey with Raised Bed and Pots and Containers” -- and “Overcoming Food Deserts in Your Community: How To Start a Home, School and Community Garden, Food Co-op and Food Coalition”

As a Green Thumb gardener, I realized there will be all type of dilemmas you will have to deal with. I just reached my 90 day gardening journey with my Spring crop planted on April 19, 2018, about 2 weeks ago, so despite what has happened to my crop, I will still try to breathe life back into it.

All it was lacking was a good “old fashioned watering,” but the person I left in charge for 4 days of course did not have the same sentiments about my garden as I did, especially with degrees reaching up to 110 degrees, and that’s why you should always have a drip or irrigation system installed in your garden from the very beginning.

After giving the crop a good soaking twice a day, I had to bring out the big guns, “good old-fashioned” -- “Liquid Seaweed – Plus Iron”. I should be able to tell in 3 to 7 days if my crop will recover. 

Stay tuned for updates at and read the two books mentioned in this post and watch the Green Thumb At 60 Gardening Videos at

Cathy Harris, Speaker, Author, Coach, CEO, President & Publisher
P.O. Box 19282
Austin, TX 78760
(512) 909-7365


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