Celebrate Harvest Season Celebrate the Summer Harvest Once again, it is my favorite time of the year! Time to celebrate harvest season. The leaves change color and fall, and it is time to put the garden to sleep for the long winter. But first, we take some delicious veggies to the kitchen. Summer veggies! Reflecting on the summer garden, I realized that we have actually made a lot of progress in a relatively short time. Celebrate Progress in the Garden First there was a late frost, and then 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 bedsAdded 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 berriesTomato vines were enormousPeppers and onions grew better than expected Herb garden expanded to include rosemary, parsley (2nd year plants!), mint, garlic, onions, cilantro and corianderPlanted some new flowers that seem to be doing wellPerennial garden including hazelnuts, cranberries, and elderberries continued to grow wellAdded a couple of treesKept my potted lemon tree alive another year and it produced two lemons Indoor garden added a few plants and propagated a few plants Celebrate Positive Reflections This year I 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 improved. The perennials are more established and more productive. Time to celebrate the harvest season and the transition from summer to fall. Reflections on 2020 Never has the garden meant more than in such a wild year 2020!