Garden Journal Entry #6: End of Season Review
August 31: Apologies...
So I realize I've left some sizable gaps in this journal. Namely, the entire months of July and August. Once I hit month seven of my 4th pregnancy, I did a lot of napping and praying that my children were safe and somewhat clean, somewhere in the neighborhood.
Needless to say, if I couldn't even manage my children, I wasn't managing much in the garden. So journaling about the non-management of the garden definitely wasn't happening.
I have just two clean-up photos which I'm mainly posting for the purpose of before and after pics for next season, and I have a quick list of things I want to remember for next year. Otherwise, I look forward to the routine of school, this new baby (born August 17th!), and bigger better things for my yard in the future.
I will be spending the winter months on Pinterest, pining for warmer and longer days....
End of Season Review Notes
Once again, in no particular order.
- Spinach bolted very early. Perhaps there is no way to make it last longer, it seems it was just too hot. Perhaps pick more, earlier?
- Cherry tomatoes in hanging baskets were mostly a bust.
- First pickings of green pepper were big (grocery store size) and delicious. Everything that grew after that was tiny and bitter. Probably won't do again.
- Basil went crazy. Harvested often, put in water on kitchen table, replanted many when stems grew roots in water.
- No oregano at all this year; tomato plant grew quickly and blocked all sunlight.
- Planted garlic much too early; it died.
- Cilantro bolted early; harvest more often? Lower expectations?
- Bugs not a major problem all summer (not even mosquitoes at the new house, hooray!) but the birds got many tomatoes if I didn't pick quickly.
Ideas for Next Season...
- Grape tomatoes instead of cherry.
- Tomato cages for larger plants instead of poles.
- Raised beds.... somewhere.
- Squash on a trellis.
- Netting over strawberry plants.
- Ever-bearing strawberries vs. June-bearing.
- Blueberries?? (Yes, please.)
- Consider planting some winter crops: carrots, garlic, onions, others?
- Potatoes for next year.
- Do more basil and make pesto.
- Save herbs through the winter.