We’ve started to have some frost here at night, and the days are definitely getting cooler.
A good cheapskate would dutifully cover my two little garden plots each night and sweeze a little bit more growth out of them, but I’m not bothering.
It was a weird summer. First cold and really wet, then hot and dry. Toward the end of the summer, life got in the way of my garden. I often forgot to water it as often as I should. We still managed to have an ample supply of fresh tomatoes, green beans, raspberries and an abundance of zucchini.
And after all that, I really feel like I got what I needed from the garden this year. I’m okay with letting it go.
This is my third year of growing produce – the second year of having two 4×4 garden plots, and each year I learn new things.
This year, I learned that I am lousy on figuring out what veggies to plant next to each other. I probably would’ve had carrots this year, if I had not put them in the shadows of the zucchini. My little cherry tomato plant did well, but could have done so much better in a different spot.
I also learned that if something doesn’t work one year, try again another year. Last year I planted beans, the slugs arrived, and my dog ripped out my bean plants. I wasn’t going to even bother with them this year, until my boys planted beans from seeds at preschool. The plants stayed healthy and produced numerous delicious side dishes for us.
I also learned to take the time to observe more. I thought it was a bad year for the wild raspberries in my neighborhood, until I realized that there was a whole other area I had yet to search.
I’ve finally begun a compost pile, and next year, I hope to try my hand at canning.
Since I certainly didn’t put a lot of time into this garden, I’m happy I didn’t put much money in either. I spent less than $15 on plants and supplies this year and got at least 3 times that amount back in produce.
I’m already looking forward to starting fresh next spring.
What above you – how did your garden grow?