animal lover, gardener, knitter, and gourmet cook

garden update

I feel like I didn’t pay enough attention to my garden this year. I’m not sure if it’s due to the crappy weather or just because it was a busy summer. But, here are the highlights.

Tomatoes: I’ve been having a fungal problem with my tomatoes the past few years and that continued this year. I’ve been researching the problem, but haven’t found any solutions that work, unfortunately. My only real recourse is to plant in a different area (if only I had one). This year I just let them go and they’re about in the same shape as past years (where I sprayed them and kept up with removing the damaged leaves). This has been very disappointing because I’d really like to can a bunch of tomatoes.

Pole beans: I got a nifty pole bean tower at the end of last season, so I planted some pole beans this year. Those things grew like Jack’s beans–the tower wasn’t tall enough! I got (and am still getting) a nice harvest from them and that’s just from a few plants. The funny thing is that I don’t even eat green beans (but the guys love them).

Garlic: I had a nice harvest of garlic this season, but that always performs well for me.

Swiss chard: I planted some of this in my “shady garden” and it has been producing all season.

Cukes: I had a decent harvest of these, but not enough to make canned pickles, though I did make some refrigerator pickles to use up the harvest. I had to tear the plants out last night as they were done for the season.

Some other items performed well; some others average; and some others below expectations, but I guess that’s how it usually goes.