I am no gardener, by any means. In fact I have always claimed to have a black thumb. But this year I did pretty well I think.
We didn't get a ton of stuff but we got enough to keep us pretty well through the summer and share with friends and our chickens.
We planted carrots and beets and they didn't do well at all but our tomatoes didn't do too badly. Our peppers, radishes and lettuce did really well. My youngest planted green onions but right after they came up the weather got super hot for about a week and they burnt up.
Our strawberries took right off and the squirrels completely massacred them. Next year I will put mesh over them to try and keep them out of there.
Our fruit trees were loaded with apples and pears and the squirrels stripped them bare by mid July. We've never had that happen before. Not sure what we'll do about that next summer. Our squirrel population is out of control and they've been wreaking havoc all over the neighborhood. They even pulled up flowers. What the heck?
I was able to grow enough cucumbers to make pickles and add to salads. I had enough jalapeños and bell peppers for three batches of salsa. I also made a batch of pickled jalapeños. We eat our tomatoes as we pick them. They are so good.
Unfortunately I couldn't get squash, pumpkin or melons to grow. The slugs got them before they even had a chance. I'll have to do something different next year.
|Our one lone squash plant|
We did manage to do it for the most part organically with compost and organic pesticide. I did use up a little bit of leftover water soluble fertilizer I had in the garage. We'll amend the soil more and get it better over the winter and spring.
Did you plant a garden this summer? What did really well for you?