So the start of the season was delayed. The soil didn't warm up. There was no sun for the things that we did get started in April. The peas and cauliflower started on time, but were late to harvest. The cucumbers and other cucurbits took a long, long time to germinate. But then the rest of the summer was warm and fairly sunny with an average amount of rain although the ground stayed very wet for a long time.
So here is a list of my notable hits and misses.
Hit: Penelope Peas - A great variety. Grew just the right height for my expandable pea trellis on sturdy vines. Produced long, full pods. This is the second year for this variety and it will now be my standard replacing Maestro.
|Two separate rows of Easy Peasy Peas|
|Garden Sweet Peas|
Cauliflower is what I call a long term commitment crop if you start from seeds the first of March but you would think you would get the best results carefully choosing your variety and being able to plant in April, a full month before the nurseries in my area put out vegetable plants. A friend of ours delivered a TEN POUND cauliflower head to our door. When I asked him what variety it was he shrugged. "I don't know. I got the plants from Troyer's and the tag just said 'Cauliflower."
Some people have all the luck.
|Flame Star Cauliflower|
|A Lone Survivor|
|Gotta Have It Sweet Corn|
|My entire pumpkin harvest|
Miss: Cantaloupe - in New York just isn't easy to grow melons out in the open. This year they were even later than usual. I've gotten a few nice melons. Fresh, sweet, guaranteed chemical free. But the crop is a waste of space and effort.
|Beautiful, healthy cantaloupe vines|
|Lenny and Gracie's Yellow Kentucky Heirloom|
|the invisible Eggplant is in the frame surrounded by Nasturtiums|
|A mixture of A1 and Nantes|
Hit: Bush Beans - This year I grew my old standby Blue Lake, but I also tried Jade for the first time and they were awesome! The second planting of the Blue Lake I even used seeds saved from last year's amazing crop and they did well also.
|Jade Bush Beans|
Pests were manageable. The Japanese Beetles were comparatively awful which reminds me that I need to spend some time this weekend spreading Milky Spore. I saw ONE cucumber beetle, a few stink bugs but didn't have trouble from those. The flea beetles were AWFUL. I haven't figured out how to fight them yet. Cabbage Loopers have been a problem with the fall crop. The early crop they left alone completely. I'll have to begin locking them out early this year so I don't develop a successful breeding program.
Once again I've gained experience, developed some new ideas and I'm already looking forward to next year. But for now, I want to stay indoors, relax a little and just THINK about what I want to plant.