Seems like the farther we get into summer, the behinder I get. I finally got my community garden plot mostly planted. About time. It’s mid July already. I have been struggling to learn my new iMac and new Nikon P510 camera. Too much new stuff at once for this old brain. And so my blog posts fall behind.
I just finished adding up my harvest totals to date. I don’t think I’m going to make my goal of 350 lbs of produce this year, which would be a hundred pounds more than I produced either of the last two years (the only ones where I bothered to weigh my harvests.)
At mid July, I’m up to 58 lbs of fruit and 89 lbs of vegetables for a total of 147 lbs. I thought I had 119 lbs of vegetables for 2012 a month ago, so I don’t know what’s going on with my Excel spreadsheet. I’m going to quit banging my head on my office wall and accept that 30 lbs disappeared off my spreadsheet in the past month. I suspect a math error on my part rather than a real loss of produce. Oh, who cares? I’m not likely to get another 200 lbs of produce out of my garden this year, so maybe 250 lbs is all I’m capable of growing. After all, there is only so much time and space. I just don’t understand how people can be growing 1,000 lbs of produce in a summer in their home gardens.
My stone fruit crops are all harvested, so the only fruit I’m expecting for the rest of the year are apples, avocados, a few strawberries, lemons, and limes. I might get some watermelon and cantaloupe, but that remains to be seen as there are no female flowers on the vines as of yet. I’ve already equaled my previous two years’ fruit harvest totals, so at least this will be a record fruit harvest year for me. Vegetables are another matter. I guess it will depend on whether or not I get a good harvest of heavy crops like tomatoes, summer squash, pumpkins, cucumbers and yams over the next couple of months.
It’s probably too late in the season to get any winter squash out of my community garden plot, but I may try anyway. I’m hoping that the green and wax beans, peppers, tomatoes , cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, and summer squash that I planted will produce something. We should have a good two months of warm/hot weather remaining.
My home garden isn’t very photogenic right now, but the tomatoes are producing and the pumpkin vines are sprawling. No female flowers yet on my pumpkins, but I have three nice butternut squash in the home garden that promise to be a good size. I may try some photographs tomorrow of my home garden, but the community garden is looking much perkier at present. My home garden has been baking under 90 degree skies, and since it doesn’t rain here during the summer, it is totally dependent upon me for hand watering. Too bad I don’t get to it as often as I should. Hey, I do what I can.
At least I got several pounds of tomatoes processed into spaghetti sauce today, and canned my first batch of bread and butter pickles last week. Little bit by little bit.