Yeah. Me too.
And let us also remember that I got all eager beaver crazy puppy over it and, before thinking or adequately scouring the internet for information about it or heeding the warning of my knows-a-lot neighbor, I just went shoveling it merrily into my vegetable beds.
Because I thought - OH WELL I'LL TEST THE SOIL AND THEN ALL WILL BE RIGHT WITH THE WORLD.
Sort of. Things are sort of right.
Also, things are sort of wrong.
Overall, things are meh.
Right things: The cucumbers and peppers are happy as muther fucking clams.
|muther effing clams|
|Um, those tomatoes should be a hedge by now. Whoops.|
And why do we think that is, class?
Because jackass over here (that's me) took one look at the magically delicious soil test results with their "YOU DON'T NEED TO ADD A DAMN THING TO THE SOIL" readings and went, pffffffffft, we are so done here.
I mean, I thought about it, but then based on the information in the soil test kit about what pH level the vegetables liked, I just left it all alone.
I should have added some peat moss to the tomato beds to bring down the pH. That was a mistake.
So, as a result, this year's tomato harvest is looking a lot like last year's cucumber harvest - potentially sucky.
So, that thing we learn today: Tomatoes like a pH between 6-6.5 and cucumbers like a pH around 6.5-7. and mucking about with those numbers too much is bad business and results in lackluster plants who can't absorb the nutrients in the soil adequately because things are just not right for them.
No, I kid. I love the bastards very much. We'll make it just right next year.
And, there - don't say you never learned anything from Finny.
Oh! Bonus thing to learn: What does Finny do when the tomatoes are sucking ass but the cucumbers are being all LOOK OVER HERE AT US AREN'T WE CUTE?
|Almost too cute to pick. ALMOST I SAID.|
Every cucumber that comes out of the garden.
|NO ONE IS SAFE.|
|Is it just me, or do these look like poos in there?|
Do you guys eat a lot of pickles? Apparently we do. And my family does. They're the first things to disappear from the cupboard every winter and the first thing I'm chomping at the bit to get back in there.
Enough stories about pickles, though, you get it. I have cucumbers. I have made pickles. They are in the cupboard.
Also, the tomatoes and potatoes are in revolt because their soil is too alkaline wahhhhhhhhh. Except for the dirty hippie who was spared the drama in the raised beds by living in its weird spot elsewhere in the yard.
OK, that's as disjointed as I'm willing to be in one post.