It's September now and the wish for a 'do-over' has passed. I've accepted the season for what it was – wet and cold, definitely tough conditions for tomatoes and other heat-loving plants. That's just the way it was all across the north.
My modest experiment in vegetable growing continues. Here are some lessons learned. Experienced vegetable growers may laugh at these 'lessons'. Still, we learn from our mistakes, don't we?
My garden taught me ...
- It's easy to overestimate the number of kale plants one person can eat, share or store.
- Cucumbers don't like competition. Memo for next year, banish scarlet runner beans from the cucumber supports no matter how charming they look.
- Shallots are classy produce worth growing. Give them room to be their best.
- Swiss chard can grow happily in a mixed perennial border.
- Surprisingly, a zucchini plant can fail to produce.
- Carrots are tricky.
- In future, plant way more lettuce.