If I had to grade myself on this year’s garden, I’d give myself a C-minus. Maybe.
Certainly the weather was no help. Following on the heels of the bitterly cold and snowy winter of 2013-14, the spring was late and summer was cool and wet more often than not.
The tomatoes were a BIG flop. I picked a few of the cherry tomatoes; barely enough for a snack from the whole season. I chalk that up to a majority of cloudy and cool days. Tomatoes love being well-watered, but they need the sun and heat to ripen the fruit.
Just one undersized green pepper.
About six cucumbers.
Three or four zucchini on a huge, hearty plant.
The basil and other herbs were disappointing, also because of the cool temps and rainy days. Since the rosemary and sage are in pots, I’m going to try wintering them in the house.
With all the rain, the begonias got moldy and rotted after a while. Yuck. I pulled them out in August.
On the bright side, the geraniums and vines grew well in the deck pots — at least until a surprise hailstorm shredded them. In its third season, the hydrangea seemed to thrive on the moist weather and has grown to a respectable size.
I don’t know about next summer’s garden. If you hadn’t seen the news, we’re hosting a wedding on June 12, which is right in the middle of planting time. I think we’ll put out a few tomatoes and annuals, mulch as best we can, and call it a day.