Must mean it's time to do my yearly review of the veggie plot.
Let's start with the bad things and end on a high note, shall we?
The biggest tragedy by far this year was the perennial plants.
|My strawberries had to be dug up|
I am working on a plan though. I have begun, in a very small way, to eradicate the grass and weeds in the paths of the veggie garden.
I started laying down layers of newspaper and cardboard in the spring. (I knew those flyers were good for something!) I followed that with a 3 inch thick layer of sawdust. Then straw. The hope is that I end up killing the weeds underneath so they stop sneaking into the veggie beds. The small sections I was able to complete did well so I hope to continue with this next year.
The next tragedy feels minor in comparison. I discovered that spinach seed doesn't last very long. 3 years in fact. I should have known that, but now I won't forget. I planted my spinach and waited, and waited, and waited. Thank goodness I was paying attention and got myself to a store to buy fresh seed. Unfortunately the weather was getting a bit warm by that point and I didn't have great germination. So a less than stellar crop of spinach but now I know better.
Another problem with germination was beans. I was in a hurry and just couldn't wait for the weather to warm up. So into the ground they went and it rained and rained. My poor beans rotted.
|Dragon's Tongue on the left and Purple Peacock on the right|
I did manage to get a couple plants to come up but it was a pretty lean year for beans.
Thankfully, the tragedies aren't life or death. Every year has surprises, and some of them are good. What we lacked in beans we more than made up for in peas.
I had very good germination rates this year, followed by tons of blooms and bees, which resulted in LOADS of peas. I think I spent most of my summer picking peas. Every second day starting in June straight through August I picked peas. August? yes, August. The plants had almost stopped producing in July but then we had a spell of rain. And the vines grew, and bloomed some more, and then there I was in August still picking peas. Good thing I like peas. They're an awful lot of work.
Another great surprise was onions.
You know, the fact that I was actually able to grow some. For 3 years I have been trying to grow onions with no luck. They rotted, they withered, they refused to grow larger than a marble. Through a combination of starting seed early, improving my soil, and not burying the plants too deeply I was finally able to produce some proper onions. Every time I visited the garden this year I did a happy dance around the onions. I grew those!!
As noted in my previous post I finally managed to grow pumpkins this year too.
|My pumpkin patch|
Aren't they the most beautiful pumpkins you've every seen?! BIG big thanks to Brenda @ Gardeningbren for gifting me with the seed for these Long Island Cheese pumpkins. The whole neighbourhood is enjoying the proceeds of this crop.
That's a wrap for 2013. This was our fourth year gardening here on the Corner and it was the best yet. For those of you dying to know what happened to the tomatoes.... you'll have to wait. I grew approximately 25 plants this year so they get their own post.
|just another beautiful day in the garden|