Winter tomatoes ripening on the vine
Still growing – towering tomatoes and lima beans greet the morning sun
It amazes me to still see some of the summer crops still growing. Every section of the yard has some sort of microclimate – cold pockets and warm ones.
I wonder how long these summer vegs will hang on.
It’s still really to soggy to do any real work in the garden. It’s been a long time since we’ve been completely soaked. The mud is driving me a little crazy since it’s still wet and we are always tracking cakes of it on our boots. Lucky for us we don’t have much carpets and we take our shoes off.
Of course we didn’t reach our 10k goal this year simply because it was a weird year weather wise. In fact, we’ll barely squeek by with 5k pounds of produce insteaed of our annual 6k pounds.
Although it may sound like a failure to reach either the 10k or 6k goal – nothing ever is a failure only a learning experience in disguise. Gardening teaches us one vital lesson that we are never in charge. When you garden you grow.
I can saw with pride that this was one of the best preservation years we’ve had.
This 10k challenge was something that we thought (and still think that can) could be pull off this little plot. We were getting better at our succession and planting turn over rate, the fruit trees were older but if the weather doesn’t cooperate there’s no amount of work that will change the outcome to a bad year.
Will we roll over the challenge to 2009? All I can say is that it will be interesting to see how much our 1/10 acre garden can actually produce in a good year. We’ll just have to wait and see how 2009 growing season shapes up. Could be a good one could be a dud. We’ll just have to wait and see now won’t we.
What about you, will you be weighing your harvest? It’s good to keep track of how you are doing. That’s what really got us movtivated when we saw the actual figures of the fruits of your labor.
Come on fess up! What are you all dreaming, plotting and scheming in your garden next year? Care to share?
Yep another storm is drenching the southland.
Have a warm and safe holiday.