Time for a quick update on the garden!
It seems like weird weather had more of an effect this summer, but maybe it always seems that way?
We had an extremely rainy June, a HOT July and a strangely rainy August. The hot weather was definitely detrimental to beans, broccoli, spinach, even the zucchini. The rain was also an excuse to stay out of the garden, which resulted in some seriously out of control weeds.
Here’s what has been doing well:
- Tomatoes (of course). Tomatoes are doing great, and I’m definitely a master of the canning process now. I’ve managed to can a dozen pints of tomatoes already, and they really don’t even peak until late September. I’ve got Romas (for canning and sauce), cherry tomatoes (for salads and snacks) and heirloom Brandywines (delish slices).
- Cucumbers (finally!). After years of trying, we finally got cucumbers going. I’ve got 5 jars of pickles so far! We are also eating a lot of cucumber and tomato salads.
- Basil, Sage, Dill, Mint, Parsley. We moved most of the herbs to a planter near the kitchen door and they are thriving. Been making lots of pesto, yum.
- Carrots. Lots of carrots. We’ve been taking little ones sparingly; I kind of want to see how big they get.
- Eggplant. This was a total surprise and they look really cute when they grow. We’ve taken 3-4 relatively small eggplant. I made eggplant lasagna. Considering baba ganoush if they keep coming.
Here’s what disappointed:
- Beans, Zucchini and Summer Squash. The plants grew and looked healthy, but didn’t seem to produce many vegetables. I may research this further, but I am basically blaming the weather.
- Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts. We kept these under cover to protect from bugs and they got huge! But it doesn’t seem worth the space for the handful of florets they produced.
- Blueberries. We planted about 5 blueberry bushes last year, and they did beef up a bit. But I think they need more sun, so we moved them to another spot in the yard.
We planted another “crop” of green beans, beets and spinach, and they seem to be doing great so far. Those are in some big planters which my son (age 5) refers to a “his” garden. Hopefully we’ll be eating those in October!
Summer is winding down, and it’s good to be back from summer plans and vacations. Welcome back, everyone!
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