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How the Garden Grew this Year

The garden had a slow start, I though for sure that my beans would be a bust. They actually produced fairly well. I am pretty sure that I haven’t yet found them all.

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The tomatoes (that I planted) were a late bloomer as well. I put them out in late May and they didn’t end up putting on fruit until just a couple of weeks ago. Their fruit started to ripen just a couple of days ago. I was starting to get worried, and then I realized that the plant was a yellow tomato plant!

The other tomatoes that I had this year was a couple of volunteer tomatoes from last year! The variety, Tess’s Land Race, is an amazing tiny flavorful fruit. It puts on abundant fruit throughout the growing season. I’ll probably have tomatoes for a couple more weeks! I found TLR through Amishland Seeds┬áin Pennsylvania. I hadn’t been looking for the variety, though I am very happy to have found it!

About two years ago, I planted some grape vines and earlier this growing season I had noticed these odd growths on the vines. And I just didn’t think anything of it. Later in the summer, those odd growths started to take the shape of bunches of grapes. And they grew. The bunches of grapes are small, and the fruit itself is small, but boy, are they sweet. They are easy to grab as walking by, they are delicious. And I think for next year’s season my dear husband will help me build a trellis like we saw on our recent overseas adventure.

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The apple tree put on a good fruit set, but because of the lack of water I gave it, it dropped most of it’s fruit prior to harvest. It’s a lesson learned, and I’ve been looking into low flow (pressure) irrigation options that I can use a 5 gallon bucket to water the tree through drip emitters. My other option is one of those water tree rings. Still undecided. Probably will try the tree ring.

How did your garden grow this year? Let us know in the comments!

New Year, New Garden

Well we are finally to the beginning of January and it is time to start thinking about your garden for the year, but did you know that it is almost time to start planting?

Over the last couple of weeks I have received a couple of catalogs for my favorite seed houses. I have received a Territorial Seed catalog, High Mowing Organics, and a Baker Creek catalog. So exciting!

But this weekend, there was a bit of a setback… 2 inches of setback! And they’re calling for more!

I’ve had to take down the garden cover due to wear and tear, and I can’t find a replacement! They’ve discontinued the size I need and I just haven’t gotten to making a new one out of pieces.

Yesterday when taking a look around, I saw that the lavender in the back yard is laid down. I hope they survive, I know that they are supposed to be hardy, but I still worry about them!

The apple tree is just hanging out, she is starting to bud just a bit, but she too is covered in snow! (Her trunk is protected with a tree protection sleeve.)

So… what are your plans for the next couple of weeks?

Well, I for one am going to start checking off what I will be ordering for the garden… I have 2.5x the amount of planting space this year as last! Alot of planning and alot of seeds will be needed. Possibly even another grow light and heat mat. Well maybe. We will see when that time comes!

Please leave your plans in the comments below! I look forward to your ideas.