Each season brings new challenges and in the summer of 2013, the challenge was abundance. Yes, abundance. We had an overwhelming harvest.
In an amazing twist of fate, this year our climate conspired to make a perfect storm in the garden. Lots of sunshine, warm but not blistering. Thirst quenching rain that repeatedly drenched the garden on an almost weekly schedule. The trees all set fruit. The berry vines flourished. It was a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory version of garden Utopia! Hard to complain, right?
I'm not complaining. It was wonderful! It was busy. I preserved as much as I could, ate like a glutton and still the table overflowed. In fact, I gave most of it away. It was the only way to handle the volume. How do you eat a dozen cucumbers a day? We do enjoy the occasional pickle, but seriously, we had way more than we needed. Zucchini? Forget about it. We had tonnage. I also hit the mother lode on cherry tomatoes. Whew! It has been crazy. But a good crazy. I loved it! It was thrilling to have so much of our favorite varieties, especially coming off of such a tough season last year.
In truth, I overplant. For many reasons. Weather, pest, soil, germination problems, all can lead to crop failure. So can bad seed. Even Gardener error. To hedge my bets, I plant more than I need and often times, I end up with just enough. Having too much, just means I get to share. Friends, family, co-workers, animals...even strangers, all received some of the harvest this year. And that works for me. :) I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
With everything fresh in my mind, I put together my 2013 Garden Journal. If you haven't done one yet, take a peak, to get some ideas. It's a great reference from year to year to compare and plan. 5-10 minutes now will help kick start your garden for next year.
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