Friday, September 2, 2011

Watching the garden grow

W picks a ripe tomato

This has been an experiment year in our garden, with some successes and some failures, but overall it was a fun experience. The tomatoes have done quite well, and that was our main "money crop" that we were depending on so we were pretty happy about that. A big surprise was how much lettuce we got. We used this method which helped the lettuce grow back for several cuttings. It was especially delicious as baby lettuce. W planted seeds so we were not sure how much would actually sprout, and beyond that we had seen a deer in our yard shortly before planting so I had been afraid they would find our little garden again. 

The crops that did poorly this year included swiss chard (which may have been watered too much in the raised bed), and sadly, the pumpkin patch which has blossomed several times but seems sickly. The pepper plants and eggplant also produced nothing. I think maybe spacing them out a bit more and planting earlier next year would help. We got a couple of jalapenos, but no sweet peppers. So the bulk of our harvest has been lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, and a variety of herbs (lemon thyme, basil, oregano, and rosemary). Next year I hope we will plant the herb garden on the upper yard. 

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