Ironic, isn’t it, that this started as mainly-a-garden blog. Guess you need to have actual crops to have a garden blog!
Our weather this summer was not. Summer, that is. We had a gray, cool summer with a couple of warm weeks here and there. Thank goodness this was not our first gardening year; we would have been devastated! We did have a couple of mixing bowls of tomatoes after all, and I’ll bet I’ve whined about the rest of the lack of crop for one year.
Tonight I went out to pull some carrots for the little girls’ stir-fry, and found carrots plump but maybe an inch long. Same variety as last year, when they were actually carrot-sized.
We’re finishing fall clean-up, so this evening I weeded empty beds and Nigel shoveled dirt into the beds that have been settling. Then I started transplanting my herbs, a job which I’d intended to do ALL summer. When I’d first plotted out all of my beds, I’d used seed catalogs to estimate how large perennials would get, then planned out a large herb bed based on those numbers. Well, some of the herbs are lovely and large, but the great big bed I planted them in turned out to be just too big. So tonight I transplanted a bunch of them into a smaller bed. The two varieties of thyme, which came here a year-and-a-half ago as little single stalks, are now bushes probably 18” in diameter. It smelled heavenly to transplant them! The sage has done just as well. I also got a couple of rows of chives transplanted before I lost light altogether.
So we do have a few stunted carrots still in the ground, and the kale is still going strong, but that’s it for now. Love that kale; so easy to run out and cut a couple of leaves for my morning smoothie!
I think where my garden inexperience came in this summer was the inability to counteract the influence of weather. In retrospect, I should have kept the tomatoes covered through the day much later, and should’ve covered the broccoli, as well. I have an online garden heroine, in my local area, whose experience in gardening shows that crops are possible in any weather – if you want to learn a bunch about gardening, check out The Modern Victory Garden blog. The how-to articles off to the side are valuable, and Laura is generous with her time and wisdom in the discussion forum, as well.
So for the 2010 gardening season: that’s a wrap.