Harvesting battlefield

in HiveGarden2 months ago

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Growing up in the country and spending the majority of your life in the city can be difficult, especially when you are used to walking around barefoot in the summer and instead of going to the market, you shop in your own garden. In recent years, I've been working hard to get back to growing my own food, I'm halfway there now, just in time for harvest.

Serbia is best known as a major agricultural producer and food exporter in the Balkans, most of the land is arable and it provides greater food independence to households.

Most plants thrive in favorable climatic conditions, making farming much easier, except in recent years when summer temperatures have risen abnormally. As a result, many cultures have failed to adapt or are simply impossible to grow.

This summer, many growers have encountered irrigation issues; in some areas, irrigation is simply not feasible unless you have a garden right next to your house, doing it manually is a real struggle.

Consequences, the tomato literally boiled on the stem, unripe and useless.

Only one of the three tomato varieties planted, beefsteak, mortgage lifter, and better boy (what a name! ), only one withstood all of the trials.

Another challenge that vegetable farming faces are the avoidance of pesticides, with all of the GMO ideal resisting vegetables on the market, using pesticides in domestic production is completely insane.

Lack of rainfall, high temperatures, and organic farming is a real titbit for small pests.
Stinkbug nymphs are the most common visitors to juicy fruits; all they need to do is damage the fruit's skin with their small tentacles, inject a drop or two of saliva, and you can throw it away!

I discovered this one while picking tomatoes; otherwise, stink bugs have several stages of development, and this pest is currently in the third.

But how can the ecosystem be kept in balance in the face of such adversity? Hardly!

Left is for throwing away, right pile is gonna be kept!
Sad, isn't it?
And I intended to grate it, bottle it, and keep it as a winter treat.

A potato that, despite being buried in the ground, did not withstand high temperatures.
80% of it will be thrown away or left in the ground to rot as manure.

This year, many countries are experiencing food production shortages, which is the primary cause of market price increases.
I sometimes wonder if we'll be able to deal with everything we've gotten ourselves into in the hope of making life easier.

Because we suppressed organic production in the past and made it impossible to return to it in the end, the question is whether we will be successful in this or whether we will have to turn to some tropical crops in the future.

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Oh no, so many tomatoes and potatoes you will have to leave there or throw away.
Mom got really nice tomatoes this year, but she is watering them every evening, so much work (and water that is needed - and no rain) around it but there is nothing like the homegrown vegetables!

I guess it all depends on the soil, here is more sandy terrain and that only makes it more difficult.

My mom also have awesome garden, the soil there is richer in minerals.
Unfortunately we have irrigation system + manually watering but heat is unbearable.
It's a shame to throw it out just like that, but I can't even imagine how big producers are struggling with their losses.

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 2 months ago  

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Oh this is a lot! Climate change is hitting without mercy different areas on the globe. It’s very sad to see those tomato’s burning and becoming useless because of the sun.

And of course as a prime resource, the situation has consequences in the rest of the productive chain as you mentioned.

I really hope humans can be aware of this and at least do something with what is in our hands for taking care of this planet that is our home.

Harvesting time, in every meaning of that word. Earlier I thought it won't last and the climate will go back to normal, but now I have a totally opposite opinion.

Unfortunately, everyone is experiencing it differently, as you mentioned somewhere it floods, and somewhere it drains. More greens, we need more greeeeens!

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 2 months ago  

Oh I swear you guys get more bugs than I do in my garden in australia! Maybe you need some chickens to keep the bug count down? Or do you think it's the unseasonable weather?

When I first made the garden I made the mistake of putting an orchard too far from the house. I just couldn't get teh water to it in summer (time and energy) so it never really bore fruit. I planted trees closer to water after that and that was more successful. My kitchen garden is in easy reach of a few hosepipes!

Not sure how I missed your comment!

Lately stink bugs are invading this part of the planet, amount is hilarious. Guessing probably cause the climate change, temperatures are way high than usually.

Not quite sure what the problem is, however chickens are discussed for the future, theyvare serious cleaners of these bothering creatures. What we need is a Well, have some plans about it already that will make it lots more easier than it is now.

Since we are both gardening amateurs, there are lots of things to be learned and the most important as we can not change the weather, we must be ready for it in many ways.