Another Thursday and another thing to be thankful of…my garden. I’ve grown pseudo-gardens before, but this year I’ve actually harvested enough to make it worthwhile.
I planted tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, baby bell peppers, jalapenos, corn, peas, beans, carrots, onions, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, rhubarb, garlic, blueberries, strawberries, apples, and cherries.
Some of them did well; some not so well.
I didn’t take good care of my seed vegetables…my peas, carrots, and onions didn’t produce much. I am getting some small carrots and onions now, but if I would have thinned them during the season they would have done amazing.
I’ve never had much success with peppers of any sort, but this year my plants produced many baby red bell peppers, two larger red bell peppers, and many small green and red jalapenos. I’ve been roasting these pepper which improves upon their already sweet flavor. A couple of times I’ve mixed the roasted peppers with roasted corn…yep grew that myself too. I only got about four good ears of corn, but it was better than ever before.
The cauliflower that I was able to eat was fresh and full of flavor. The problem with my cauliflower was that eventually something got to it…maybe slugs? After enjoying two heads of it, the rest had to be thrown away. My brussels sprouts are still growing, but have produced nothing that looks likes brussels sprouts to me. I’m not sure what will happen with them.
This was the second year for my apple and cherry trees. I ate two (yes…only two) cherries; the birds got about three others. I sure hope it produces better next year and I’ll be adding shiny ribbon to dissuade the birds. My apple tree produced nine apples. My tree has five different varieties on it and the variety that produced fruit was Akane. I wasn’t sure what color they were supposed to be, so the first couple I picked were not quite ripe. But, now that they are ripe they are amazing! I like apples, but don’t enjoy them enough to eat them frequently. These on the other hand…I could eat all the time. Love them.
But above all else, the one vegetable that produced WAY MORE than I expected???…my tomato plants.
I’ve grown tomatoes before with mixed results. Previously a good year was a tomato or two every couple of days for a few weeks. This year I’ve picked tomatoes every few days for several weeks and each time I pick them I’ve gotten more than I in entire seasons previously. Beyond having enough to feed me, I’ve supplied tomatoes to friends, neighbors, and co-workers. I had enough last week to make a batch of Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Tomato Sauce. The sauce lasted all week for my lunches. I hope to make another batch that I can freeze in the next week or so. It’s a good thing I really, really like tomatoes.
My garden was certainly helped by the unusually warm summer we’ve had in Western Washington. I was able to keep things water regularly. Those combined were the key to success…and maybe some tender loving care from me.
I’m already dreaming up a bigger garden for next year.
Here is a slideshow of my harvests…
Did you plant a garden? How did it do this year?