Our garden suffered quite a bit as well, though we are so thankful for the produce we have been able to harvest! While we lost the carrot crop, most of the cucumbers and squash, and we will likely have only a very small tomato harvest, many crops did well such as our first harvest of beets and the beans. There are many jars or bags of both of those canned or in the freezer!
The garden as it is now - the bare dirt is where the potatoes, spring/summer beans, and summer squash used to be
Vegetable gardening is one of my favorite things to do, though this year, after developing the systemic bee sting allergy, I have not done much at all out there other than some harvesting (like the potatoes) as most of the garden is very close to the hives (as you can see in the photo. We still plan on moving the hives somewhere else, though needed to wait until either this fall or early spring next year.)
Mom, who also loves gardening, did an amazing job caring for it and helped the struggling plants along through the wet spells and the bug invasions. Thanks to her, our tomato, cucumber and squash harvests are/were larger than they would have been!
Some of the tomatoes
The basil is one of the plants that didn't mind all of the wet weather. I dried a bunch of it so far, and plan to dry more soon.
One of the winter squash plants that survived. We're going to have at least a few delicata squash to enjoy over the winter!
Black Hungarian Jalapenos
Sweet Bell Peppers
The peppers are one crop that has done very well this year and have been producing prolifically! So much so that Mom not only put a bunch in the freezer and dried a lot, but we have also started giving them away and bringing them to the farmers market to sell.
The celery plants limped along through the hot July and August, and with some cooler weather we have had recently, have finally started to perk up a bit.
The fall crop of beans
One of the watermelons. We enjoyed the first one of the year the other day, and it was so good! Deliciously sweet and juicy.
The sunflowers certainly have been brightening up the garden! They are nearing their end now, and it has been fun to watch the goldfinches enjoying the seeds. I think next year, I'll try bagging the heads so we can have some of the seeds for ourselves. :)
A pollen-laden honeybee on one of the sunflowers
One crop that far exceeded our expectations this year was the potatoes!
One of the wagon loads that Leah and I dug
We were skeptical about how they would produce as with all of the rain, the plants were suffering. One section was even in standing water several times through July. The plants kept growing, though, so we waited in expectation to dig those first ones.
When the first plants were ready to harvest, I started digging in the worst section of the garden and that had been in standing water. Unfortunately, most of them were rotten and the ones that weren't, were quite small. Once I made it up past that section, though, they were almost all in good condition and good sized potatoes . . .
Many were this size or close to it.
There are still a few plants left to dig, but as of now, we have harvested 284 lbs. Such a blessing! They have been cured, are now stored, and are ready to be used throughout the fall, winter and into next spring.
One vegetable crop that we do not grow ourselves is sweet corn so we like to get some from a local farmer to put up in the freezer. This year with everything that was going on, we lost track of time, and by the time we remembered, the farmer we usually get it from was sold out. We were thankful when the following Saturday at the farmers market a fellow vendor had their last 30 or so ears to sell!
Leah and I had a fun time together husking the corn and putting it up in the freezer. As we didn't get a lot, we'll be rationing it out over the fall and winter!
Soon we'll be putting in the fall crops of lettuce, spinach, and kale and can look forward to enjoying fresh from the garden salads again!
How did your all's gardens do this year?
How did your all's gardens do this year?