|A sample from the summer garden|
|Pole beans covered the trellis in no time|
Another disaster was the asparagus. I planted asparagus seedlings the first year we started this garden. I've been hoping for asparagus every year since and I am finally throwing in the towel. Next spring I'm digging them up and giving them away. The plants are healthy enough but the perennial weeds in my garden keep choking them back so that they never produce enough spears for eating. I can't get rid of the weeds without dousing the whole place in chemicals so the asparagus will need to go.
Each year I try to grow something new to me and stretch my abilities. Sometimes it's a small change. Like garlic.
I discovered a garlic grower here on PEI last winter. Eureka Garlic grows around 70 varieties of garlic and I just had to try some of them out for myself. I planted my usual crop of Music. Then I purchased French Rocambole and Chinook to trial. Another variety, Susan Delafield, was gifted to me.
Chinook was a miss, the bulbs never formed properly. But I loved French Rocambole and the extra large bulbs of Susan Delafield. Some of the best bulbs were put aside and planted in the fall for next year's crop.
A new variety of pumpkin was also grown this season.
|Queensland Blue Pumpkins|
I also tried watermelon this year. It was a long shot but I thought some fruit would be a nice change. The Yellow Doll seeds sprouted but the plants just never took off. I collected a couple watermelons the size of golfballs and that was all. Too cold perhaps. I picked up some melon seeds at a recent seed exchange and will keep trying for melons next year.
Something completely and entirely new to me was soybeans. I've never grown these before but will definitely be trying them again.
Another new to me plant was kale. I know, this isn't new to most people. For some reason though I've never eaten kale in my whole life. Don't know how I missed it but there you go. At the same seed swap I took a packet of kale seeds on a whim. and now I love kale.
I've struggled with onions for the past few years. Starting my plants from seed in the depths of winter, coaxing the seedlings along for months only to see half of them die as soon as they hit the ground. This year I bought seedlings instead and although it was expensive it was worth it.
|messy garage and string upon string of onions|
You know what else did well. Beets.
|Bull's Blood beets have beautiful red leaves|
Same went for parsnips. I finally grew parsnips and I was so pleased. Not very many but more than we needed. Parsnip is nice occasionally but not regularly. Not sure I'll bother with these again. I would rather plant extra of things we love than waste space on things we only eat occasionally.
Another veggie I try and try to grow well is rutabegas.
|This rutabaga looked exactly like a pair of dancing legs to me|
Overall it was another good season and we collected loads of food to eat fresh and store for the winter. Today the weather is cold and the garden is sleeping for the winter but we're still enjoying steaming bowls of soup and slices of apple pie.
It doesn't get better than that.