TALLY HOE WINNERS

With one of THE WORST summer harvests in years, with September harvest 524 lbs, the winners for this month’s contest are

First place – AZ Gardener – 550#

Second place – Yvonnes – 580#

Third place – Ann – 627#

Congrats!

Though we are far from enthusiastic with such an extreme plummet in harvest totals and disappointing yields.

It was very weird, it seemed like the garden just went into suspension mode.  Very, very odd. Some crops didn’t seem to be effected while other just puttered out.

After 20 years, we have better soil, better watering applications (thanks to the clay pots) and just more experience under our dirty nails; no matter, the weather always has the last say.

How’s everyone’s garden growing, any progress reports, weigh ins?  Care to share or sum up how this year fared with previous growing seasons?

We are hearing from other across the country that they too experienced a lack luster growing season. So this is not just an isolated incident.

Comments(16)

  1. kristi says:

    I’ve gardened for so many years, yet I still feel like a beginer. I’m growing a lot a veggies for the first time this year so it is a learning experience. Overall I think my garden has been mediocre. Not many pumkins or melons set. Those that did were large and beautiful. I’m really happy with other veggies that have done well. The garden went through Gustav and Ike and quite a few things survived.

  2. kristi says:

    I’ve gardened for so many years, yet I still feel like a beginer. I’m growing a lot a veggies for the first time this year so it is a learning experience. Overall I think my garden has been mediocre. Not many pumkins or melons set. Those that did were large and beautiful. I’m really happy with other veggies that have done well. The garden went through Gustav and Ike and quite a few things survived.

  3. Jenna says:

    My growing season has been pretty awful. Over the course of the year, I planted over 200 tomato seeds or plants. 5 survive. Of those, only 3 have set fruit. I have harvested ZERO edible tomatoes. The 2 romas that grew had caterpillars and splits in them. No matter what I do, that same plant also has blossom end rot.

    My black plum has ONE fruit that’s finally changing color– and it’s only as long as half my pinky finger. I have small fingers, too.

    If all 4 tomatoes on my vines actually ripen, then they will have cost me almost $100 each tomato for containers, soil, plants, seeds, etc.

    Eggplants? Zero. Poblanos & bell peppers (over 30 planted!)? Zero. Habaneros? Of six planted, one lives, and the first peppers STILL aren’t ripe yet. All okra dead. Thyme, parsley, sage, lemon verbena, and some rosemary all dead. 3 very puny jalapeno peppers popped up before the plant pooped.

    I suffered massive losses in a caterpillar armageddon. Wildly fluctuating heat earlier in the season killed seedlings by the dozens.

    The only thing thriving is the basil. I have several varieties that are doing groovy, but I’d say the surviving plants are approximately 20% of what I planted.

    I’m set on pesto. Not much else.

    Yesterday, I planted Garlic and lettuces and spinach. We’ll see how that goes.

  4. Jenna says:

    My growing season has been pretty awful. Over the course of the year, I planted over 200 tomato seeds or plants. 5 survive. Of those, only 3 have set fruit. I have harvested ZERO edible tomatoes. The 2 romas that grew had caterpillars and splits in them. No matter what I do, that same plant also has blossom end rot.

    My black plum has ONE fruit that’s finally changing color– and it’s only as long as half my pinky finger. I have small fingers, too.

    If all 4 tomatoes on my vines actually ripen, then they will have cost me almost $100 each tomato for containers, soil, plants, seeds, etc.

    Eggplants? Zero. Poblanos & bell peppers (over 30 planted!)? Zero. Habaneros? Of six planted, one lives, and the first peppers STILL aren’t ripe yet. All okra dead. Thyme, parsley, sage, lemon verbena, and some rosemary all dead. 3 very puny jalapeno peppers popped up before the plant pooped.

    I suffered massive losses in a caterpillar armageddon. Wildly fluctuating heat earlier in the season killed seedlings by the dozens.

    The only thing thriving is the basil. I have several varieties that are doing groovy, but I’d say the surviving plants are approximately 20% of what I planted.

    I’m set on pesto. Not much else.

    Yesterday, I planted Garlic and lettuces and spinach. We’ll see how that goes.

  5. Cynthia (Geogal17) says:

    Great year for : figs, swiss chard, butternut squash, cantaloupes

    not so great year for: zuccinni ( theres a first), tomatos, cilantro, watermelon

    oh well, its time for lettuce and greens and planning for next year!

    (Hey Anais, if you want any butternut squash I have about 15 of them ripe and need to be harvested before we move out in 2 weeks and I already have 12 quarts canned and even more in the freezer…I’m all squashed out)

  6. Cynthia (Geogal17) says:

    Great year for : figs, swiss chard, butternut squash, cantaloupes

    not so great year for: zuccinni ( theres a first), tomatos, cilantro, watermelon

    oh well, its time for lettuce and greens and planning for next year!

    (Hey Anais, if you want any butternut squash I have about 15 of them ripe and need to be harvested before we move out in 2 weeks and I already have 12 quarts canned and even more in the freezer…I’m all squashed out)

  7. Cynthia (Geogal17) says:

    oops, forgot to mention I pass by your way on the way to Encino from the IE on the weekends. 🙂

  8. Cynthia (Geogal17) says:

    oops, forgot to mention I pass by your way on the way to Encino from the IE on the weekends. 🙂

  9. Maureen says:

    In Georgia, we had a strange growing season also. We had a bumper crop of eggplant, but peppers did not set any fruit until September. Tomatoes were average. We had an amazing blueberry crop. Water was a big issue for us.

    Your website has been an inspiration to me.

  10. Maureen says:

    In Georgia, we had a strange growing season also. We had a bumper crop of eggplant, but peppers did not set any fruit until September. Tomatoes were average. We had an amazing blueberry crop. Water was a big issue for us.

    Your website has been an inspiration to me.

  11. JoyceAnn says:

    Bad growing season indeed , I believe it was the weather pattern. Cold one day , hot the next , we’ve had a cool summer overall.
    Although the fruit trees have beared well in our area.

  12. JoyceAnn says:

    Bad growing season indeed , I believe it was the weather pattern. Cold one day , hot the next , we’ve had a cool summer overall.
    Although the fruit trees have beared well in our area.

  13. Judy says:

    I’m on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. It seemed like we got a very early start this Spring in the garden and got alot of plants into the ground. They all did very well. Now, when July and August rolled around, everything burned up…. Our okra and sweet potatoes did ok during this time but that was it. Even our pole beans, purple-hulled peas and tomatoes were affected by the high humidity and aphids during these two months.

    We had a bumper crop of tomatoes and cucumbers early this year (May and June)…. I tried planting more cucumbers in the last couple of weeks hoping for a fall harvest of cukes — it has been a no go. The seedling germinate and then die. Everything else is the same in the garden except for the weather.

    The garden is growing again now with another crop of summer veggies (beans, corn, okra, tomatoes) and I’ve recently planted alot of cooler weather crops like lettuce, peas, broccoli raab…. and all of those are doing well too.

    Another big thing for us this year was that no hurricanes blew in … that always makes a tremendous difference in the garden.

  14. Judy says:

    I’m on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. It seemed like we got a very early start this Spring in the garden and got alot of plants into the ground. They all did very well. Now, when July and August rolled around, everything burned up…. Our okra and sweet potatoes did ok during this time but that was it. Even our pole beans, purple-hulled peas and tomatoes were affected by the high humidity and aphids during these two months.

    We had a bumper crop of tomatoes and cucumbers early this year (May and June)…. I tried planting more cucumbers in the last couple of weeks hoping for a fall harvest of cukes — it has been a no go. The seedling germinate and then die. Everything else is the same in the garden except for the weather.

    The garden is growing again now with another crop of summer veggies (beans, corn, okra, tomatoes) and I’ve recently planted alot of cooler weather crops like lettuce, peas, broccoli raab…. and all of those are doing well too.

    Another big thing for us this year was that no hurricanes blew in … that always makes a tremendous difference in the garden.

  15. Ann says:

    I’m the 3rd place winner! Thank you so much! I’m so excited for me, but feel quite bad for your harvest. In Ohio, this is the time to be raking in the produce, but there have been disappointing harvest in tomatoes, and winter squash here. Ah, well. Hope next year is better for us all. Thank you again!

  16. Ann says:

    I’m the 3rd place winner! Thank you so much! I’m so excited for me, but feel quite bad for your harvest. In Ohio, this is the time to be raking in the produce, but there have been disappointing harvest in tomatoes, and winter squash here. Ah, well. Hope next year is better for us all. Thank you again!

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