Our friend M from New Zealand has this saying she interjects into conversations and good byes from time to time. I think she heard it on a local gardening show, but do not quote me. In any case, her repetition of this over the past number of years seems to finally be having an effect on my garden. This could be a banner year.
- proper soil prep and fertilization
- early seed planting
- on time bedding plant purchase and planting
- bird netting over the lettuce, kale carrots and beets
- timely weeding and watering
It was to the last point, that one recent visitor asked us “Don’t you have any weeds out here?” I guess that is the highest measure of success I could hope for. Now, all I have to do is keep it up for another 2 1/2 months.
Now that we are almost into fall, it is time for a gardening report:
- lettuce – great results with fresh butter lettuce and then Romaine available for almost 7 weeks. Netting definitely helped to keep the birds out.
- kale – the plants were the narrow leaf style and while they grew, there was never enough. Our fur grand babies got to enjoy more kale than we did. By the time the kale should have been growing well, all the leaves were being eaten by the pests that thrived in the cool rainy summer weather.
- carrots – better than last year, but still not great. Taste and quantity is great, but size leaves a bit to be desired.
- beetroots – lots of beetroots, but small in size. A lot of work for little results.
- tomatoes – good production early on and ripe fruit since mid July. With all the rain, the size is smaller and they are not ripening rapidly enough to avoid the coming frosts.
- cilantro – a bust as it was hidden behind a wall of tomatoes
How did your garden do?
……….and Good Gardening to You.