Well, this year has been a little different than last year, to say the least! I have had NO time, NO energy and so little motivation. It’s been really tough. I got a rough start when every transplant or direct sow got completely eaten over night every time I tried it. I finally took to surrounding things with milk cartons, but I caught on too late and got really down on things. My tomatoes are doing OK, but it’s been a real struggle to get anything else going. I have one polycultural bed that barely pulled through but at least is giving me some kale and may yield a few carrots. I’m hoping the broccoli will really produce this time, but who knows, with my luck this year!
The real winner this year has been the strawberries. The plants I bought last year at the UBC plant sale are AMAZING! I got about 8 lbs of giant, sweet, perfect berries. I couldn’t make anything with them, the kids just ate everything that came in. That’s just fine with me. My gooseberries are taking their time getting sweet, but I’m patient because it took everything I had to save those plants. They go attacked by something that looks like a wasp that ate every leaf it could get to before I sprayed it down with soapy water. Ugh, I hope they keep making it through the year!
Speaking of the year, this one started off SO cold and rainy I pretty much lost a month. I only managed to keep two pea plants alive and they only just started producing. I got about 3 weeks out of my raspberries, and the berries were tiny. I think I want to find a new variety with larger berries.
And now the shocking news: I have to rip up and redo the whole garden. This year we bought a 1973 Trillium trailer which has made my summer camping solo with the kids much more possible (hence not enough time in the garden!) but I’d like to store it covered. The only way to do so without putting shade right where I don’t want it is to start all over again. A part of me is heartbroken, the other part is excited to fix some of the things that haven’t been working with the current layout. First of all I know that everything will be in beds. Raised beds are SO much easier for me to work with, it’s a no-brainer for me now. I have a ton of ideas I’ll share with you, including a map.
I’ll check back in soon and talk about the stuff I *have* been getting done, like the sweet pickled cherries I just made with lovely cherries we picked at http://www.honeygrove.ca/, my favourite farm in the world… I got to learn how to braid garlic there with Nao, who being amazing, gave me my own braid to take home – I’m SO excited about that!
Anyhoo, sorry for the radio silence, I think I’ve been embarrassed about the state of affairs in my back yard!