Except for the flower patch. I'm so glad I dedicated an area within the garden space just for flowers.
The zinnias I planted from seed gave us so much pleasure providing endless bouquets for both our home and my office at work.
Patients would comment all the time on the simple mason jars stuffed with flowers that I scattered around the office.
"You grew these?" I would hear that all the time. Astonishment over something so simple.
I tease SM that someday, when I'm tired of vegetable gardening, I'll just plant nothing but flowers in those vegetable beds.
Speaking of the veg garden...
A downright uninspiring year overall.
The Spring garden was really the only bright spot. Carrots, lettuces, strawberries, onions...I did manage to get decent harvests from all that.
But then we got hit with the June/July rains that completely killed whatever hopes I might have had for a Summer harvest.
No green beans or summer squash last year. (sob) I did manage to get a few more bell peppers than normal but the tomatoes were disappointing again this year.
By August the only thing I had growing out there was weeds, Bermuda grass and mosquito's.
I did get a surprise late in the season though.
Or rather four surprises.
These beauties were born back in September, rather late in the season for anything to come to maturity. We're lucky to have a long growing season here but these puppies were still partially green when I was forced to pull them in October due to frost.
I'd read that winter squash store best inside your house at room temperature so I stuck them on a shelf and forgot about them until Thanksgiving. By this time they had all turned that mellow peach color (no green) and the skin had hardened up a bit. I took two of them and sliced, boiled and mashed them up. Butter, salt and pepper and "Yum"...SM and I have a new favorite winter squash.
I cooked up the last two for our Christmas dinner.
PDLN's taste just like Butternuts. A bit more stringy in texture, but who cares about that? Butternuts have a really hard skin that's hard to peel. These sliced up much easier.
I am into all things squashy.
Summer Squash, Winter Squash...I love them all although I will admit to getting tired of zucchini. But who doesn't?
I would grow squash 24-7 if I could. But Mother Nature puts the kai-bosh on that by giving us a delightful little enemy down here in The South.
The Squash Bug. Otherwise known as the Freaken Little Bastards.
Did you know that Squash Bugs are my mortal enemy? Oh yeah. Death to all Squash Bugs.
In years past, I have tried growing Patty Pan's (which SM loves) but I can't get them to mature before the SB's kill the plant off. I've also tried growing other varieties of winter squashes and pumpkins but I just can't keep the bleeding SB's off them.
The only ones I've managed to get to harvest are Waltham's Butternut (which didn't germinate this year) and now the PDLN's. I ordered both from Baker Creek but I also saved as many seeds from the PDLN's I just cooked up.
So how was it in your neck of the woods this year?
Was your garden squashed like mine?
Or did you have one of the best gardens you'd ever had?