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