Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Summer Harvest

Things that worked:
new location for vegetable garden - away from walnut tree
organic blood meal as fertilizer
cherry and grape tomatoes
green peppers
holy mole hot peppers [not that hot though]
moving the rhubarb
buckthorn trellises
trellising of main grapevine
lettuce & spinach

Things that were marginal/decent:
pumpkins, squash, zuke
big tomatoes
new locations for lagging grapevines
transplanted blueberry bushes
newly planted raspberry patch
green beans - good but we left many on vine too long
beets

Things that failed:
carrots (not sure why but have some ideas)
cucumbers (shaded out by tomato plants)
starting plants from seed in spring - utter failure

Informed trial and error will always work out better than the individual genius planner - someone said that just the other day and that is the mode we employ in the garden. Take notes and do better next year.

Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating. The food he grows will be fresher, more nutritious, less contaminated by poisons and preservatives and dyes than what he can buy at a store. He is reducing the trash problem; a garden is not a disposable container, and it will digest and re-use its own wastes. If he enjoys working in his garden, then he is less dependent on an automobile or a merchant for his pleasure. He is involving himself directly in the work of feeding people.

- W. Berry, Think Little, ~1968




12 Comments:

Blogger Royce Gracie said...

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Blogger Royce Gracie said...

ooopss..sorry about that last comment..

i was going to tell you that it's funny that your carrots and cucumbers didn't grow well.
those are the two plants that grew the best for us. our pumpkins and squash didn't do well. a bit to shaded and started too late i think. what did you decide with the green tomatoes?

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Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

The green tomatoes were in large part roasted on the stove top to make a sort of green salsa, and then frozen in glass jars. If you Google around, you can find quite a number of uses for them.

Your pumpkins and squash got a later start too, if I remember correctly.

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