est. 2007

Whitewater Township, Ohio, United States
My wife Julie and I purchased our property in June 2007. Our home sits on seven acres of hillside overlooking the Whitewater River valley in western Hamilton County, Ohio roughly 20 miles west of Cincinnati. The property is well wooded and boasts a pond of about 1/5th acre. Our professional careers dictate we live in Hamilton County, which makes a country setting a bit difficult to find in a county of almost 1 million people. We share the property with our son Casey (3 1/2), and a herd of domesticated animals including 2 dogs, 3 cats, 3 parrots, and 4 Blue Swedish ducks, 10 Buff Orpington chickens, not to mention my oldest hobby aquarium fish.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Garden Update

All in all another terrible year for my garden. While I eliminated most of the Gallant Soldier, its still there dropping seeds for next season. I failed to mention in my previous post that I planted lightly this year since I was taking a week long vacation with the family to Florida. I planted a dozen tomato plants, cucumbers and onions. Turns out the cucumbers were a complete bust, just as last year. The onions did OK, and the tomatoes aren't bad, but a far cry from the first two years of my garden.
I'm seriously considering raised beds next year so I can more readily improve the soil, hoping my heavy clay soil has been the problem. I really don't want the added expense, but unfortunately continuing on my current path isn't very productive.