garden recap

6 Nov

I’m in the process of putting the garden to bed. I’m a little behind on this project so I’m thankful it’s going to be nice this weekend and I can finish the job. Here is the current state of affairs…

Since I’m in garden clean up mode, I thought it would be useful to do a bit of a recap of the 2010 garden.

Looking back, I realized I didn’t write as much about the garden this year. It was kind of an off year for me and the garden – we were not in sync for some reason. It was a busy summer so I wasn’t out there as much as was needed. Because of that, I just wasn’t as excited.

First there were the thieves. Then there were the other thieves. Dang those thieves! Thanks to many of your suggestions, I was able to salvage quite a bit and learn some things along the way.

  • Marigolds are beautiful. I can’t prove they helped in pest control, but I loved how they looked in the garden.
  • Liquid fence is the bomb, but it might be one of the most foul smelling things I’ve ever encountered.
  • My lazy dog can be quite the hunter. She managed to kill one squirrel and one rabbit this summer…hopefully sending the message to their friends.

The crazy MN weather we had did not help my garden production. The major temperature swings had my plants wondering what the heck was going on.

This year I definitely made some decisions on what I want and what I don’t want in this garden going forward. This was year three of the garden and I’ve realized what vegetables we like and eat and what just gets ignored.

What I will continue to plant:

  • tomatoes – this was not a good year for my plants, but I plan to be much more attentive going forward.
  • eggplant – not only does it thrive in the garden, but it is probably our favorite vegetable. Next year, I’d like to try some new varieties.
  • kale – this year I planted lacinto kale and really liked it. I will stick with that again in 2011.
  • swiss chard – such a great green!
  • lettuces – is there anything better than cutting a salad out of your backyard?
  • peppers – I love all varieties of peppers, but I will only do 1 (instead of 4) jalapenos in the future.
  • carrots – because pulling them out of the ground is just way to much fun.
  • snap peas – these are the perfect snack to eat while tending the garden.
  • herbs – I always plant a lot of herbs. They smell awesome and I love having fresh herbs at my disposal.

What I will not plant:

  • radishes – I love the idea of radishes, but I can’t get them to grow right and after one or two, I get sick of them.
  • edamame – this year was our first time with it and it was fun. They even tasted good. However, they were fuzzier than any other edamame I’ve had and that was a bit off-putting. I’d rather give their space to something else.
  • spinach – try as I might, I do not grow spinach. I’ve tried for three years and it never works.
  • turnips – these were kind of like the radishes. I found much better ones at the farmer’s market.

What I am going to bring back or add:

  • zucchini – Brette had outlawed zucchini after it took over our yard many moons ago. It doesn’t help that he doesn’t like to eat them either. I LOVE zucchini and was buying it every week at the farmer’s market. I’m going to work on a plan to not have it take over everything.
  • cucumbers – pretty much the same story as above.
  • green beans – I’m not sure why I didn’t plant these this year, but I missed them.

What about you? Any major successes or messes in your garden this year?

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One year ago: A very good tip from Betty Crocker

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3 Responses to “garden recap”

  1. Ann November 6, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    Tried, but will not plant again: broccoli (too buggy), cauliflower (molded,yellowed), brussel sprouts(had a funky smell and an off taste). Plant again: beans, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes (had a ton), radishes, carrots, lettuce.

  2. cheryl November 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Love having my grape tomatoe plants on the driveway. Planted 3 basil plants too many…had 4. Highly recommend the Farmers Market for fresh reasonable priced vegetables every week. Love having flowers instead of vegetables. Spent the day finishing up the garden, pulling in all the bulbs, cleaning up the garage…ready for daylight savings time and the snow that on the way for next weekend. Love the spring…love the fall.

  3. anne November 7, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    I think the zucchini and cucumbers will be great additions to your garden!

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