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Growing on the High Plains: Summer Failures & a Fall Garden


You can't win them all, and I certainly didn't claim any victories this year when it comes to my summer garden. Oh well, I'll try, try again for a Fall crop!

This summer...was a bummer! Perhaps all the difficulties we've been processing in this world have somehow crept into the confines of my garden--because these vegetable plants have a serious case of the blues. But despite the early fizzle of my summertime production, which I blame on unencumbered pests and this year's scorching heat, I'm not giving up just yet. As we move into autumn, I think I'll attempt to salvage the season by getting a Fall garden in the ground. After all, a great batch of homegrown goods on one's dining table is worth the extra effort. Who knows! Maybe I'll even get a nice salad (or ten).

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.