As you might expect, it is pretty much over for a garden in the Northeast by November. But a few stragglers keep coming:
- Tomatoes. I can’t believe we *still* have cherry tomatoes. They don’t taste as good as the August/September versions, but they keep growing against the odds. We have a freezer full of them.
- Beets. We planted a second batch of beets in September. They didn’t grow as big as the first round, but I like to eat the beet greens.
- Carrots. My kid loves pulling carrots.
- Beans. A few green beans, again from a second “crop” planting.
- Herbs. Rosemary and Sage are still going strong.
Really not much gardening to do these days. but we are thinking about what worked and what did not for future reference.
- Tomatoes. All the tomatoes: Brandywine, Sungold, Green Zebra, Heirloom Romas. I developed some serious tomato-canning skills this year. We intermix them with marigold, nasturtium and herbs, which seems to produce results.
- Zucchini (and Yellow Squash). They were good and there were lots of them.
- Arugula, Lettuce and Spinach. I think we figured out the magic recipe this year. Plant early (like March), then cover to keep them warm and bug free.
- Snow Peas. A success; also early in the year.
- Pumpkins. We had four big pumpkins.
- Beets. I ate more beets this year than in the rest of my life combined.
What Did Not:
- Cucumbers. I want to make pickles. This is the third year we have tried to grow cucumbers (in different spots) and they just aren’t happening.
- Green Beans. Although they were “okay”, there was about 1/2 the yield as last year. A hot spell early in the summer and some kind of pest issue did a lot of damage. We may try moving them to another spot.
- Bell Pepper. Maybe it just doesn’t get hot enough here? One lowly pepper wasn’t worth the space dedicated to it.
- Cantaloupe and Watermelon. Just don’t work; probably not hot enough here.
- Cauliflower, Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts were devastated by moths.
That’s it for now. I’m not sure if it will be worth another report for December – February. If any serious gardeners have cucumber advice, let me know!