What happened to July & August
The middle of September? No way. Where did July and August go? It has been a busy summer with helping others get things done. Some preservation of garden produce was done this year and is still happening. Plans for more next year is on the schedule. I've decided that 12 raised beds at Terra Nova Gardens will be enough for now and that next year and maybe the next after that will be spent learning how to manage the beds. Some things grew really well and others not so much. This time of the year the garden always gets a little out of hand. With school starting and church activities beginning after the summer vacation, life changes into the busy schedule again.
Just a little neglect and nature will take advantage of the time. This is about three weeks of neglect. It's a real mess when gardens don't get daily attention.
Some serious labor, massive amounts of resting, lots of fluids, and a transformation is accomplished. There was carpet under all the weed growth. Carpet will suppress the growth of weeds but not stop it. The great thing about carpet is to clean up the area just whiz down the tops of the weeds and turn the carpet over. All that weed mess will turn into compost under the carpet. So about once a year I just turn it over. Looks great doesn't it.
The tomatoes this year was a real bust. I started them from seed that I bought at a big box store. The package said they were Rutgers which is my favorite.
Does that look like a Rutgers tomato? No it does not. The package was miss labeled and all the tomatoes turned out to be cherry tomatoes. One or two cherry tomatoes are OK but seven in the backyard and seven at Terra Nova Gardens was too much. Besides that the vines grew up over my head and had hundreds of tomatoes as is the way with cherry tomatoes but only about a fourth actually ripened. Not to worry. I have lots of canned tomatoes from last year still in the storage room and I froze a bunch of cherry tomatoes for later use.
One of the great successes of this year's garden was the green peppers. There are now 22 frozen stuffed peppers in the freezer along with the sweet corn and some of the cherry tomatoes.
Green beans and pickles were another success for this year. I could have had a lot more but after the June trip to Las Vegas, I just never quite got caught back up. Next year will be a year of leaning more toward preserving and less building.
All in all it's been a very good year for the garden. Now it's time to clean it up and put it to bed.
Have a great day. Enjoy the Fall (?) weather. What's up with the above 90 degree days?