Here we are--almost October and definitely autumn! Whew!
And I'm happy to report that this year's garden was successful!
Gardening is something I enjoy doing, and I've very much taken to square foot gardening. I look forward to more boxes next year and 3x as much vertical gardening... because it really is awesome.
Here's how it went!
3 squares was plenty! Oh, and I love vertical gardening. They did beautifully.
All of them did poorly. Serrano, Mole and Red peppers... we saw only a few peppers--and none of them had any real heat. (Not sure what happened, except that it was generally a cooler summer.) If you live in Northern Indiana and know what happened for sure... let me know! hah.
4 squares was plenty! I have 19 (~1/2 cup) bags of pesto frozen for the winter... and I can't wait to start using them! Oh, and I still haven't pulled the plants, so we're not done, yet!
3 squares provided for our quiche all summer. I noticed that the earlier harvested leaves were a bit flimsy and wilted quickly. Our current harvest is more like what I'd get at a store: firm leaves that do beautifully when sauteed. One more square might get us a dinner veggie per week, which might be worth it.
That story isn't over, yet... I've still got many of them in the ground, but they're doing well. Next year, I need to do a better job of thinning them out, so I get fewer, but larger beets. This year, they've been relatively small.
Lettuce & Spinach:
We haven't bought any lettuce or spinach all summer. We had a steady crop for a nearly 3 months... It was fabulous! My fall crop of lettuce is currently coming up!
Bonus! Cherry Tomatoes:
We had a volunteer tomato plant grow under our kitchen window... This plant literally exploded and has given us a decent crop so far! And it's still going. A little bonus that I'm delighted by!
A Sweet Bonus! Nectarines!
Brian's nectarine tree produced fruit for the first time this year! It was unbelievably delicious! Looking forward to that every summer!