Harvest Time in the Messy Garden

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So, even more so than my first year of gardening last year, this year’s garden was a crazy mixed bag. I’m giving each crop a 1 (bumper crop), 2 (grew, but barely harvested anything), or 3 (dud) rating this year, and trying to remember the lessons I’m learning.

1 – Bumper Crops

Cucumbers

Sweet Potatoes

Tomatoes

Zucchini

Butternut Squash

Basil

Kale

Lettuce

2 – Mixed Bag

Carrots

Strawberries

Blueberries

Potatoes

Bell Peppers

3 – Duds

Onions

Garlic

Yellow Squash

Watermelon

Herb boxes in general on front deck

I had felt like this year’s garden wasn’t so successful till I divided them up, but then I remembered all the early batches of kale chips and the massive quantity of cucumber water I drank this summer to keep cool, and I realized that so much good is yet to come in future years and this year was actually pretty great all by itself. I learned more about how much sunlight each of my varieties of plants could handle, and I enjoyed the huge expanded areas for planting that Husband built in two beds… I am so pleased with the progress, especially my surprise – 11 big sweet potatoes buried deeper than I expected on skinny roots so I didn’t find them till last week! I didn’t can piles and piles of tomatoes (my one huge success of last year) but I sure did learn a lot and get a ton of bug bites as I gathered crops all summer. I’m officially a gardening addict, even if my green thumb is always gonna be kinda blotchy and inconsistent.

 

7 Comments, RSS

  1. fredonna October 6, 2017 @ 9:33 am

    So inspiring! For several years now I’ve wanted a garden, and every year something happens that either prevents me from doing so or that kills every last thing I plant. Here’s to better luck this coming spring!

  2. Fictionophile October 6, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

    Just finished scrubbing about 30 pounds of carrots – so I get your mood. I’m new to gardening, but there is nothing like harvesting vegetables that you’ve planted from seed. It always seems like a miracle.

  3. Ted October 6, 2017 @ 5:22 pm

    Well done. That’s what I call a result

  4. Bookstooge October 6, 2017 @ 7:28 pm

    Just dropping by to say thanks for the follow. I appreciate it a lot.

  5. thepetiteexplorer October 7, 2017 @ 8:45 am

    Well done! I’ve been trying to grow basil for about a year and still failing.

  6. th3mov3r October 7, 2017 @ 12:47 pm

    I had a garden a couple years back and LOVED it. Being in the city now, it’s a challenge to have one the size I’d need to make it worthwhile.

  7. The Urban Daddy October 13, 2017 @ 2:02 am

    Great haul! Impressive.

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