I know I've said it plenty, but MAN is it a rough garden year! Josh did a lot of work out there today, so I have another update. He dug up almost all of the potato plants, which was just pitiful. We got back just about what we planted. Not sure we really produced much at all (I still need to weigh them and update my harvest totals). The potato patch was badly flooded soon after it was planted and the first thing to be attacked by the caterpillars, so this wasn't really surprising, but still disheartening. There are a few plants still out there that he decided to leave because they look really healthy and have a chance of producing more.
With the potatoes out, Josh made three big mounds and planted sweet potato slips. We've never tried to grow sweet potatoes before, so this will be a bit of an experiment. They like well draining soil and dry weather, so we should be good there!
The onion bed that got the worst of the insect damage had to be harvested too. The tops had all bent over, so they weren't going to do anything else even though the onions hadn't grown much yet. We've basically got a lot of pearl onions, which is still better than nothing. It's just about the worst crop possible, but still worth the money put in. There is one other onion bed that looks half-way decent and two beds that were flooded, so they're in rough shape, but still growing. Now that this bed is empty, we'll probably plant more black eyed peas and maybe more okra here
In poultry news, the turkeys are getting big:
Is anyone else out there having more luck than us? I'm happy to see fewer caterpillars, but I'm still dreading those grasshoppers that I just know are going to show up this summer!!