This was a good year for our garden. Other than the dogs eating a row of peas things worked out well. This weekend I made the last harvest: a shopping bag of green beans, 3 nearly ripe tomatoes and a dozen cherry tomatoes. A few lesson’s learned are worth noting:
- We got 9 volunteer pumpkins and I feel lucky they came up. Eric enjoyed watching them grow and they are great October decorations. Note to self – make sure to plant pumpkins next year.
- We had 3 volunteer cherry tomato plants. Our one purchased plant that grew in a pot on the deck didn’t do so well, but the volunteers, although late came on like gangbusters. Note to self – try to plan for cherry tomatoes next year.
- The spinach grew fast, hung on long but was rarely eaten and is probably not worth repeating next year.
- Avoid the climbing peas. Despite the panel field they overgrew everything, matured quick and we missed the 2nd planting as they matured too quickly.
- Eric’s carrots grew quickly and we need to harvest them earlier next year as a lot of carrots were thrown away being too big and splitting.
- Multiple plantings of beans worked well. Almost too well, according to Kathryn. We froze a couple dozen packages of green beans and had green beans available to eat from July – October.
- A new system of tomato cages is needed. These were too light and put into place too late.
Next year I want to try planting a small area of Indian Corn with pumpkins and gourds interspersed.