Something happened this summer that just turned me off from posting.
Anyway, for some reason I had a very difficult time this spring getting my seeds to germinate. I started and re-started many of my seeds, lost a huge number of seeds, and seedlings. I now think I had something wrong with the seed starting soil I was using. I don't know how to pick better seed starting soil. Any suggestions?
I was able to add horse manure and lots of crushed eggshells to the 20 Foot Garden bed. It really seemed to strengthen my tomato plants. This was a great year for tomato harvest for my family. I didn't have enough for canning, but we had plenty for every day eating. I also had so many cherry tomatoes that I had to try pickled green cherry tomatoes. It turns out that the whole family loves them, so it was a good thing.
I grew Swiss Chard this year for the first time and have been very happy with it. I had 2 spots for it. One was in mostly shade (maybe 3 hours sunlight a day), and it did very well there during the summer. The other is in full sun, and it suffered all summer, but looks great now.
I tried three types of okra this year, since my family likes it. I tried Stelley, Stewart's Zeebest and Eagle Pass. My middle daughter loved the Eagle Pass. The Stelley really didn't survive all the rain we had this summer. And Stewart's Zeebest was the star. It just produced and produced. We loved it and the pods could be picked larger. Unfortunately, Baker Creek Seeds is not selling it this year.
|l to r: Eagle Pass, Stewart's Zeebest and Stelley|
The cucumbers produced enough to eat out of hand, but not enough for pickling. Luckily, I was able to find a good farmer's market this year, and bought a bushel of cucumbers. I pickled 20 quarts from the farmer's market bushel.
I harvested 8 fresh organic peaches off our young peach tree.
I harvested substantially less from my beans this year than last. Was it because of the rain? Something else? I don't know.
I didn't plant a winter garden this year.
I plan to expand the garden next year. Here's hoping for larger harvests for all of us!