Looks like we are not alone in our garden assessment. As one reader put it “we skipped a month somewhere.” Yep, it’s like we missed summer – weird.
Many of those who commented had some things growing well, while others not so well either due to weather or not enough bees.
Last week we made the tough decision to not sell any more tomatoes to our clients. Due to the cooler weather, the tomatoes production has tapered off. Not only will our annual tomato harvest be affected by also our income from sales. Instead of sales we are opting to eat and preserve the remaining tomato harvest. Of course, we’d have liked both but this year has been an exceptionally tough growing year – thanks in part to the roller coaster weather which through everything for a loop.
Tomatoes weren’t the only ones to be pulled from the list – our popular salad greens too. The decision sent our clients in a slight uproar! Last year we supplied our client through the entire year with salad greens. This year we’ve puttered out mid August and have put a hold till the young greens are able to be harvested in a few weeks time. Though the summer was cooler the extreme heat and humidity in June (which is normally cool) threw our planting schedule off. Not to mention the invasion of harlequin bugs – the likes of which we’ve never seen in our 20 years of gardening here. So we are making darn sure those pesky buggers won’t have a chance to overwinter and ruin next season.
Not to be deterred, all sights and focus is on later summer and early fall. Summer plantings mean fall and winter harvest. So with gardening you got to be quick to adjust to what befalls – weather, insects and the likes. Come what may, we still plant and pray for a better day.
Despite the lack luster harvest for some crops – the peppers, eggplant, squash are absolutely gorgeous and such abundance! And we are still eating very, very well – homegrown with a few bought staples and that’s certianly a blessing.
Container gardener extraordinaire, Paulo,( mused our sentiments exactly) had this advice for gardening in a changing climate: “biodiversity in our gardens will be however key solutions for these changes.” Divesity is what saves or salvages a mediocre year.
Fellow Freedom Gardener, So Cal Dan, so aptly sums what we gardeners grow through every year — “Patience, Perseverance & Humility”
Amen to that. As gardeners we are on our knees a lot, how has your garden humbled you this year.
Oh, and let’s give another one of our fellow Freedom Gardener, Chicago Mike, some encouragement on taking the plunge (into boiling hot water!) in home canning operation. Any first home preservers out there, care to nudge him along?
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