Well, maybe not completely, but garden season is coming to a close. I didn't really plan for many fall crops, so I've been preparing for the end of the 2011 garden.
I picked my first round of home grown sweet corn and pulled up the carrots and green onions that didn't fair very well. I've been trying to nurse my pumpkins through my ill-planned squash borror operations. I'm hoping that my green beans and second attempt at cucumbers have enough to time before it starts to get cold.
Tomatoes are still going strong - on an unrelated note, anyone want orange tomatoes?
I've got plans for more Hangin' Around Pesto and drying oregano.
Overall I'm quite content with what I produced this year. While we never made a complete meal (except for the corn) out of anything in particular, it was an auspicious start to my grand plans.
One day, God willing, I'll be able to expand my family and not have to expand my work hours or limit my time at home just to put food on the table and being able to produce a fruitful garden and backyard is part of this plan. So this year, on top of giving me something to do while a little home bound with the first kiddo, I was able to dig in and see if I had the drive to keep an operation like this up and I'm pleasantly surprised.
So now I begin to look towards next year; on the docket are -
2-3 Raised Bed gardens
Expanding the container planets
Pruning the fruit trees and adding more berry bushes to the property
Having a specific plan of attack for the year
We learned a little about what we'll eat from the garden, a few things are off the list and more is added. What I'd like to put in next year so far is: (hopeful new additions in bold)
Potatoes - golds, reds and purples
Onions - whites, yellows, greens or reds (onion research is on the list)
Lots of cucumber plants - mildew resistant
Lots of tomatoes - cherry, paste and slicers
Peppers - red, yellow, and green
Salad containers - containers planted with salad greens
Herbs - Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme
More flowers to attract pollinators and butterflies
I'm already looking forward to sitting in my kitchen this winter with something warm to drink, a snowstorm outside, surrounded by Seed Catalogs and almanacs.