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West Texas Garden Progress-Slow and Steady wins the race.............Right??

With temperatures already  hitting 104 this year my garden is having trouble clinging to life. My rain barrel certainly helps but with young plants everything is having a hard time surviving. I seem to be planting and planting with only minimal success. The potatoes are growing great and I even added another tire to the layer.
I've been adding straw hay to cover the plants as they grow. This is suppose to help build a great potato crop. The plants were having a rough time at first through the heat but they seem to being going strong now. They REALLY like the used hay that comes from the chicken coop!
The onions, on the far left, are growing like weeds! I can even smell them when I go to weed by them. The only other plants surviving seem to be the beans. I have plants 50+ cucumber plants with no luck. I recently planted seeds for corn and cucumbers in the empty rows. Oh and I do have one corn plant that survived the heat.lol
Of course what everyone seems to love most is the chickens.lol I can't believe that every day now is one day past what Cornish Rock Crosses are suppose to live to. They are very healthy and thriving. They still LOVE their food and even seem to beg for it. lol If you leave the lid open they will jump out and have a feast on weeds of course any kind of food given to them is their favorite though. Soon we will be getting eggs from them I can't wait.

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I have always wanted to try potatoes in old tires.
Mellissa said…
It has been super easy :O) I here you can also just put dirt on top instead of hay. But with the chickens I had old hay anyways.lol
otatoes are a great vegetable to grow at home because they are relatively easy to plant and can produce a good crop. If you are considering planting this yummy tuber, but do not have enough room in your garden, you can grow them in old tires

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Becky Jane said…
Wow, 104 is pretty hot. We're still too cold (just in the 50's and 60's). Gathering eggs is like going on a treasure hunt. Hope they start laying soon.

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