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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 in Pennsylvania. I hadn’t been looking for the variety, though I am very happy to have found it!

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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!

Weekend Recap

Well, this weekend… the weather was great, the sun was out and now, after all of that, the rains will come. Yep, the rains are coming, this Saturday actually, according to The Weather Channel.

But, in anticipation of the rains coming, David and I got ALOT of stuff done this weekend. We got a fence built. We got a couple of plants at Molbak’s end of season plant sale. I don’t know if that’s what it is really called, but, that’s what I am calling it!

So I got grapes! Exciting huh? I ended up getting two grape vines at 50% off! They are both table grapes that will mature in 2-3 years. One variety named Canidice and Interloken. One is an early red and one is an early green grape.  I planted them so that they can bask in the afternoon sun on the fence. I also worked on getting the old tree stump out and made a slug trap with some beer. For the slug baits you just can’t beat the 24 oz cheap beer at the grocery store!

My raspberries are fruiting a little bit, I think I may have gotten about 10 berries from the plant, but for the first year… And they were so delicious! They had a very mild creamy texture and flavor to them. I can’t wait until I get more of the berries next year!

What did you do this weekend?