So the garden has just about had it. It is now not unusual for it to dip below freezing at night (though the past week has been a bit warm), and just about everything is dying out. The fall is officially here, and the trees are happy to let me know it.
It’s been a very productive summer on my deck, though. No denying that. Tomatoes, peppers, herbs galore. I had a great potato harvest a week or two back, but it was during the period that I was camera-less so there is nothing to share. The potatoes were super easy to grow though, and very tasty. Reds, blues, and golds.
One particular disappointment was my edamame plants. I had a couple of them, and they grew like mad. And they fruited like mad. But the pods never really filled up much, so I never actually got to harvest anything. Perhaps the growing period wasn’t long enough? I’m not sure. I got them out pretty early. It’s a shame. They were very pretty though, with nice white flowers, so I will probably give them another go round next year.
A few things are still struggling to fight the good fight. One of my most productive tomato plants happens to be a breed that I don’t even know, it was a stray seed – I’m kicking myself cause I wish I knew what it was. I would plant even more of them next year. It’s still managing to put out some little green jewels even this late in the game.
I am, of course, bringing some herbs back in to keep with me in my kitchen through the cold winter. And I pruned and brought the plumeria inside so it could go dormant. Same with the asparagus.
But I have left the rest for the birds and the bugs.
Another bit of disappointment came in the form of my shiitake log. It failed to produce even a single mushroom, even after I followed the sprouting instructions very specifically. At this point, it is too cold for me to attempt to restart production with it, but I should be able to keep it through the winter and make another attempt in the spring. The spores will survive.
The lack of mushrooms is a bit fortunate though, as my pregnant wife – normally a huge lover of mushrooms of all kinds – can not even bear the smell anymore. Funny how that works.
But these disappointments are very minimal considering how much I got out of this garden this year. I learned a ton – actually managed to keep some plants alive – and even got a few garden fresh meals out of the deal, too. I’ve started to do some bits of planning for next year, but at the same time I’ve had other concerns to be planning for as well. Still, I’m excited to use this knowledge I’ve gained next year and see what kind of accomplishments I can manage to wrangle out of the dirt and the sun.
In the meantime though, it’s time to just kick back and enjoy the scenery for awhile.