October 30th, 2009


Garden Update - Final Report for 2009

A few days ago we had our first frost (as documented in LJ). I managed to save the garden by covering it with a tarp. Well, the night before last we had a HARD freeze with nighttime temps in the 20's. Then it snowed yesterday. When I pulled back the tarp, everything had died. Oh well. It was bound to happen. I was just hoping it would have held off for a couple of weeks to try to get a few more tomatoes and peppers. So overall how well did the garden produce? Pretty damn good! Here are the totals for the year. Yes, I made sure I counted every vegetable that was harvested.

Cucumbers: 8
Bell peppers: 5
Zucchini: 18
Eggplant: 14
Green chile: 30
Green Beans: 85
Tomatoes: 102
Serrano peppers: 221
Watermelon: 4

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So next year will make more of a "salsa garden." I will have a pepper patch with a few more varieties of peppers. I will plant only 4 tomatoes and make sure they are properly caged. Zucchini and eggplant will definitely be back as well. I also really enjoyed fresh-steamed green beans, so they will probably make a return as well. I will try to keep things a little better organized and give plants a little more space.

Now comes the sad task of pulling out all of the dead plants and getting the bed ready for next Spring!