posted on Jan, 29 2012 @ 03:02 PM
The other posters have given you excellent advice. I bought a bug-out place on the Texas / New Mexico state line in the panhandle. It has been
super-dry out here (only 4 inches of rain all last year). I grew a garden without ever having done it before, so I know less than you. Because we
are out on the open prairie, I found that I couldn't grow strawberries or beefsteak tomatoes, because the rabbits and birds would eat the fruit
overnight. I tried to fence them off but then the moles would come and dig from underneath and eat the roots, killing the plants. My corn became
infested with these nasty little worms and the whole crop was destroyed. I had some luck with green peppers and green beans, but I planted them in a
coffee can with the top and bottom cut out, so it would hold more water. The coffee can extended maybe 4 inches above the ground. It also helped
when the plant was smaller because nearly every day here it is windy, sometimes exceedingly so.
What I found that grew exceptionally well were jalepeno peppers (no critters or bugs will touch them), broccoli, and onions. I also have a drainage
problem and a drought problem. I would water the plants with a drip irrigation line, and as I would pull weeds, I would notice how deep down the
moisture went. If it was nice and moist down at least 5 inches, it was good and I could stop watering until it evaporated. If the ground was dry an
inch or two down, the plants cannot grow deep roots and they would be stunted. Part of my garden was a drain problem, and part was sandy and the
water leeched away in a hurry.
I don't want to use pesticides but the traditional "green" methods of keeping the bugs out didn't work (like spraying the plants with soapy
water...the bugs acted like it was bath time and kept on destroying my plants). Everything is so dried up, they converged on my garden like it was an
oasis. I may have to go with pesticides this year although I will use them as sparingly as possible because I eat what I grow.
Good luck on your garden, and I'm gonna need luck on mine, because it appears that we will be in a drought pattern until at least 2020 (according to