Well, that’s almost a wrap for this year. It could have been beautiful, it wasn’t a waste but the skunks and groundhogs sure spoiled the party. Next year they are not on the invite list that’s for sure!
Mulching the garden made a huge difference in moisture retention and weeding. It rained so often this summer that I actually had to stop watering because the leaves were turning yellow, but even after not watering for weeks everything is still very wet. Vegetables like Green Peppers which love extra moisture have done better than ever. I have never had so many at once to eat before.
I also used mulch to cover my potatoes several inches as they grew. That too seemed to do the trick. I am very surprised to see I have many big potatoes! These are what grew in only 2 or 3 square feet. I have many more baskets like this coming. There are 30 Square feet of Potatoes! Now I am wondering why so many.
I also planted yellow and green zucchini, cucumber, yellow roma tomatoes and ground cherries from seed. I have collected all of these in small quantities. There should be several more weeks to come of many of them. But the tomatoes plants do not look very healthy. The fruits and leaves are small so there is definitely a nutrient that is missing or low.
The Ground cherries are beginning. They are ready once the husks are dry. I AM VERY EXCITED about this!
More Tomatoes and Potatoes.
The Giant Candy Roaster squash is coming, although it should be much larger at this point I bet. One of my vines died already leaving behind squash the size of gourds. I think that everything I started from seed would have had a great advantaged started just a tad earlier and repotted into a larger pot before being planted outside. Still several weeks till frost. I hope this squash gets bigger.
Armenian CucumberGroundhog bean devastation. It also ate almost all of the beans I succession sowed too. Cripes!
There is a lot of leek and Potato soup in my future. Looking forward to it!
The garden in late august. It is loosing its colour now.
The big take away from this year is to not wait until the garden is destroyed to try and catch cute groundhogs and skunks. Take action straight away!
I also still need to test my soil-something that needs to be done later in the growing season (like now)
Next year I will make compost tea continuously.
www.SmartGardener.com was very helpful and succession sowing with a timeline is a big help, but it was still hard to keep up with all of their to-dos.
What’s your big take away from this summer?- in the garden or otherwise?
Oh! I almost forgot… Something else I grew because of all of you… Sweet peas… particularly Miss BoomDee herself mentioned how it is her most favourite flower and I had never known it. They are really very beautiful. I hope to grow them again.