Update: I finally found my pictures, so I’m reposting my 2012 report.
Summer was crazy for me, and I realized I had never really done a garden review. It’s the whole reason I started my site–so I could track my progress and what I learned. Here goes:
I need my own camera, that works. My camera broke, and I took turns using our “big” camera (Canon SLR) and my son’s camera. Though I have scoured all the memory cards, the pictures I KNOW I took are nowhere to be found. Good news–Santa brought me this!
Walls O Water
I’m officially a fan. My tomatoes ripened 2-3 weeks earlier than my neighbors, which SIGNIFICANTLY increased my yield. I made all the salsa my family could eat (fresh and canned), and still gave away probably 20-40 pounds of tomatoes. It was lovely.
I will definitely use these again! Note: I planted only one tomato plant in my east garden (which gets western, afternoon sun) and it got fried by the Walls O Water. However, the 8 plants in my west garden (which gets morning sun) did fantastic.
My huge success of the year was kale. It did awesome in the early spring, just fine through the hot summer, and fantastic through the fall. In fact, there are a few young leaves on it, and then it’s done. So it lasted until December! Amazing. We had a few frosts, and one hard frost, but it was just fine.
I love the way it looks like a little palm tree. In the end, my favorite way to consume kale is in green smoothies (yum!).
Cool New Trellis
My new trellis made from a cattle panel was awesome. Growing peas on it–less than awesome. I am going to stick to growing peas on a totally vertical trellis (this one curves across the garden).
I did grow one pumpkin on it–I trained the vines to grow up and over. It was perfect! I also loved the way it supported my sunflowers. However, I planted pumpkins, zucchini, and cukes really late. I got one regular pumpkin, one baby pumpkin, and no cucumbers.
I will love this trellis in the future–mostly to grow cucumbers and squash.
I planted two eggplant, and got one fruit. It ripened just as we went out of town to visit family, and I took it, failed to cook with it, and left it there. Bummer. I think the plants must have been missing some nutrients because they were huge beautiful plants with no fruit. They should have each produced 4-5.
This year I planted 9 tomato plants. We missed having cherry tomatoes (Walls O Water fried it), but had plenty of the others. I planted 4 Roma and 4 other (salad, early girl, better boy). Next year I want 6 Roma, 1 Cherry, and two other varieties. I think I might try some heirlooms.
Green beans–I planted tons of bush beans, and we loved them! Half-way through the summer I pulled out anything that was done and filled in all my empty spaces with bush beans. We ate them like crazy. Next year I want to try planting more, and freezing them.
For some reason I can’t give up on the carrots, but we never really eat them.
Sweet potatoes–this is my new plant for next year. We’ve been eating them a lot lately, and I want to grow my own!