This summer in the garden has been a disappointment in various ways. The heat has been bad in two ways: it’s stressing out a lot of the plants, which only makes them more susceptible to disease and pests, and the heat has also prevented me from spending the time needed to keep the weeds under control. It’s kind of spiraling out of control. And on top of that, the deer found a way over my fence and ate a bunch of stuff. My Corno Di Toro pepper plants really took a beating.
The strawberries have been small and not very plentiful. The fingerling potatoes were a bust (although the red potatoes did alright). A lot of the tomatoes got diseased and died. The onions aren’t doing much. I didn’t plant enough beets. Oh, woe is me.
To be sure, I’ve had some victories. The string beans have been amazingly productive, as has the kale and Swiss chard. Despite getting nibbled on, the pepper plants are making plenty of good-sized peppers. The carrots and garlic and shallots acquitted themselves admirably. And according to my valuation system, I’ve harvested over $150 worth of vegetables from my garden so far. By the end of the year, I’ll have more than made back what I put into it.
Still, it’s hard not to feel like this summer has been a partially wasted opportunity. I’m already thinking about my fall garden, and about what I’ll do differently in the summer of 2010. That’s the nice thing about gardening, there’s always a new season just around the corner.