It wasn't a total loss. We did get plenty for our family and my parents. Rough estimates: 75 quarts of snap beans, 200 ears of corn, 200 tomatoes, 160lbs of potatoes, 50 squash, 50 cucumbers and 3 watermelons (maybe 2 more) That is certainly not a failure, but last year we got about 400 tomatoes, and 15 watermelons.
|My share of the corn bounty. Shucked, cleaned|
and bagged outside; then quickly to the freezer
|A couple of proud watermelon farmers|
|Preparing tomatoes for the freezer.|
The one really bright spot of this year's garden was the electric fence. We didn't have any deer invasions at all. That was exciting since we've fought those boogers so hard over the last few years. As I wrote in a previous blog, the best part of the fence setup was that the only cost I had was the charger itself. Everything else was free thanks to some friends and family who were just going to toss the batteries, wire, t-posts, insulators and corner posts.
All in all it was a good gardening season. I got the opportunity to deal with a terrible weather pattern and I learned from it. I experienced a bout of tomato wilt virus and I learned from it. I made the mistake of over-promising to my friends and neighbors and I learned from it. I've always considered gardening and family to go hand in hand. This year was no different. I was able to yet again learn from my father who is nothing less than a walking talking encyclopedia when it comes to that subject. I was able to get my kids out in the garden to dig around and actually see where their food comes from. In that regard, it was a great gardening season. Now, we'll take a break until late August when we'll plant a small Fall garden. I'm even considering some winter crops too. We'll see what comes ;)
Y'all take it easy,