Saturday, August 20, 2011

Summer Garden - August

Above, the late-summer garden. Note the empty spaces.

The Herbs are great. Curly parsley, sage, thyme, lemon verbena, tarragon, and rosemary all thrived this year. The blueberries seem kind of meh, but I'm not sure what the problem is and I'm waiting and seeing on that.

These are the blue planters from the backyard. With help from Iain's Nana, I replanted them in early July and they're thriving. It's a big improvement on the conifers I planted in spring (they died, so that can't be called a success).

But the veggie garden as a whole is about 50/50 this year. The herbs, tomatoes, lettuce and edible peas (snow/Sugar Snap) worked well. Lettuce was a huge success, in fact. But the summer was a challenge, partly because I didn't really know what to plant for hot weather. I put in some cucumbers and bell pepper plants, but they grew without setting any fruit. And you know what happened to the carrots. Ahem.

For next year, I need to figure out what to plant for hot days and when to plant it. I'm thinking bush beans and maybe even melons. I avoided those this year because they take up so much room. But it would seem that I have plenty of space. So.


Kate said...

The blueberries need highly acidic soil and lots of water. In general, they don't grow well here, although I did speak to a grower at the farmer's market who grows them by using a drip system that continually feeds a low-level acidic solution to each plant. Yeah, right. This problem is why I don't like Millcreek Gardens as well as Wasatch or Traces. Millcreek will sell you anything, even things that don't like to grow here.

Fiona said...

Yes, I've been acidifying the soil all year, but I'm not sure it's working. They get plenty of water thanks to the sprinklers, but I think maybe they're just not going to thrive.

Oh, well. It's a good thing they cost so little.