In this topsy-turvey time in the world where everything is chaotic and polarized, I feel the need to reflect on the garden and what I was grateful for in the garden in 2019.
First and foremost is that I’m blessed with a big 3000 square ft garden that is almost finished-is anything really finished in one’s garden or is a garden something always in transition?
This last year I had a wonderful helper, named Janine (I always said I wanted a clone!) who I was blessed by meeting her at a class I taught. Janine came out and weeded ALL the gardens while she was here for 2.5 weeks. Then I put landscape fabric down on the paths and wood mulch over the them to keep the weeds out. Works great. Now I’m not spending all my time battling weeds.
I finished up the last of my raised beds by framing them with wood. Now the soil and amendments don’t run off like my raked raised beds use to do, but instead stay contained inside the bed. Much better.
I bought hail netting which I’m sure will be great but we didn’t get hail here last season! Go figure! Made me more relaxed though when a storm came rolling in and it kept the deer off of my crops which decided to come into the garden in the fall to nibble.
I am grateful for the abundant fruit crops my friends and I had this past season in 2019. And although we got no apples this year here at the mini farm from the apple trees, (they must be taking off a year after producing hundreds of lbs the previous year,) there was still so much fruit to harvest and share this year. Biggest year ever for me!
Cherries-10 lbs (from a friend)
Apricots-(last harvest was 7 years ago from our trees) canned lots of apricot jam
Peaches-30 lbs (from a friend’s peach trees)
Pears-20 lbs (from a friends pear trees)
Grapes, strawberries, rhubarb, blackberries and raspberries-all from my own garden. Abundant harvests.
I said when I planted raspberries 2 seasons ago that I wanted so many raspberries that I would get sick of them. Well, I didn’t get sick of them but was so overwhelmed by the number of raspberries that I opened up that patch to some friends to harvest some as our freezer filled up fast. Actually you can never get too many raspberries (or blackberries for that matter).
So what the veggie garden lacked in 2019, the fruit harvest was incredible.
Looking forward to a new gardening season!
3,000 square feet must be nice. There are acres of space here, but it is very steep and very dark. Seriously, there is less flat space with good soil and access to water than there was where I lived in an urban neighborhood in town. I could make good use of less than 3,000 square feet!