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Garden Journal Entry #10: A Very Quick Review of 2015

Updated on April 23, 2016

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April 23, 2016

What a year.

If I've learned anything in public writing, it is that pretending, in writing, that real life doesn't exist on the other side, is a never ending pursuit of futility. I realize my last garden journal ended with mulching my raised beds in May, and I never updated again after that.

I did take pictures.

I'd love to go back and retroactively publish a few more entries to prove that I was still around all summer and my garden wasn't completely forgotten.

But I'm not going to do that. Instead, I'll do my best to give a brief summary of everything that went undocumented last summer, and make a pledge to do better this summer. Thanks for sticking with me!

May 10, 2015

Strawberries in hanging basket.
Strawberries in hanging basket.
Strawberry #2 in hanging basket.
Strawberry #2 in hanging basket.
Strawberry #3.
Strawberry #3.
Zucchini along trellis: never climbed.
Zucchini along trellis: never climbed.
Broccoli.
Broccoli.
Potatoes.
Potatoes.
Spinach - I totally forgot about these. Not a good yield - too hot.
Spinach - I totally forgot about these. Not a good yield - too hot.
Okra - back view. (Had to move the two closer ones to the other bed when zucchini became a bully.)
Okra - back view. (Had to move the two closer ones to the other bed when zucchini became a bully.)

Things I Need To Remember

  • It was a very hot and very dry summer and I didn't water the garden nearly enough.
  • I need a better watering system, in general, and it might in fact be too sunny in the back yard for many of my plants.
  • Need to finish landscaping the entire garden area.
  • Would like a strawberry bed at some point with a mesh cover.
  • Compost pile is big, probably cooking nicely, and a horrible eye-sore.

May 24: Compost Pile

Thoughts on Tomatoes

  • Most of them died mid-July, for lack of water.
  • Cherry tomatoes (Jess's transplants) were the most abundant and were still producing well into November.
  • Bird netting worked well over cherry tomatoes with a round tomato cage.
  • Future plans: all tomatoes and basil in small raised bed.

June 26, 2015
June 26, 2015

Thoughts on Zucchini

  • Obviously easy and completely out of control.
  • Never did figure out how to train it up the trellis (research that more).
  • Spiralizing worked especially well for yummy main dishes and freezer prep.
  • Pick small, or use large zucchini for baking only.

July 9, 2016

Thoughts on Okra

  • Success!
  • 2 plants choked out initially by squash - replant to other bed made for slow growth.
  • All 4 plants produced well into November.
  • Pick while fruit is small.
  • Chop the tops for wider growth - plants got much too tall to reach.

Thoughts on Broccoli

  • Broccoli worms. Gross.
  • Needed to plant earlier. Bolted very early.
  • Don't bother with this again.

Thoughts on Potatoes

  • Try again!
  • Need more water!
  • New location...

July 24, 2015

Steak and zucchini with tomatoes for dinner.
Steak and zucchini with tomatoes for dinner.

Thoughts on Herbs

  • Move all herbs to front.
  • Basil - easy, over productive, fresh and good all summer.
  • Peppermint - dried a bunch and stored in a jar.
  • Lemon Verbena - killed it; if I find another one, keep indoors (bathroom) to stay alive.
  • Need more oregano - slow and not much growth for 2nd year in a row.
  • Rosemary - totally still alive but I never use it. Rosemary bread? Rosemary infused kombucha? Rosemary infused olive oil?

A Few Final Thoughts For Upcoming Season

  • Mint? I say this every year, but it should be easy and I could probably add it to kombucha, tea, and cucumber water, in addition to my once a season mojito.
  • Try cucumbers up the trellis.
  • SIP system in small raised bed.

August 24, 2015

When all else fails, have good neighbors with better gardens!
When all else fails, have good neighbors with better gardens!

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