Celebrate Harvest Season

Once again, it is my favorite time of the year! The leaves change color and fall, and it is time to put the garden to sleep for the long winter.

Summer veggies!

Reflecting on the summer garden, I realized that we have actually made a lot of progress in a relatively short time. There was a late frost, and significant competition for our produce from the deer, squirrels, and birds. Now that the harvest is wrapping up, here are a few of the successes after a couple of years in progress:

  1. Increased the number of raised beds
  2. Added mulch (and learned how to get a truckload of free mulch for the asking)
  3. Added compost (accelerated by adding the birds’ used bedding to the pile)
  4. Blackberry bushes grew well and so produced more berries
  5. Tomato vines were enormous
  6. Peppers and onions grew better than expected
  7. Herb garden expanded to include rosemary, parsley (2nd year plants!), mint, garlic, onions, cilantro and coriander
  8. Planted some new flowers that seem to be doing well
  9. Perennial garden including hazelnuts, cranberries, and elderberries continued to grow well
  10. Added a couple of trees
  11. Kept my potted lemon tree alive another year and it produced two lemons
  12. Indoor garden added a few plants and propagated a few plants

This was a year where it felt like the garden had setback after setback, but when I actually reflect on it, there were a number of areas of growth and success just because of things set in place in the first year. The soil has improved. The perennials have gotten more established and more productive. Never has the garden meant more than in such a wild year!

2 thoughts on “Celebrate Harvest Season

  1. Like you, I think it is important to note successes and improvements in the garden from one year to the next. Sometimes when I get discouraged, it really helps to look back on those lists and just see how far the plants and gardens have come, how the harvest has grown and evened out and been extended a bit at each end each year. Sounds like you’re making great progress!

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