I seriously sucked at updating the garden posts this year! I just looked back to find my last garden post – August 20 – seriously?! That’s terrible but since today is Nov 1 I figured I better do one last recap to finish it off, be prepared for a picture heavy long post! We do still have tomatoes in the greenhouse but only because I’ve been far too lazy to get out and harvest the plants and now the weather is changing to negative temperatures daily. Our yard is also a disaster – as is the case most years, honestly I think by the time October hits I’ve been in garden mode for so long that I find it hard to finish strong. Though this year is much better than last year in that regard! Who knows, maybe I’ll get a burst of energy and inspiration and just get it done this week.
The end of August was pretty good for the garden. I harvested the onions, braided them and hung them to dry. They weren’t great onions – small and lots of blemishes, there was a lot of them but they only lasted a few weeks. We started to get more and more ripe tomatoes and I had the idea to freeze them separated into their varieties. That worked well for a bit but eventually I gave up that idea and just picked them all together.
September was the end of the garden and the beginning of canning season and it was busy! We harvested everything but the greenhouse. Our tomato harvest is up over 200 lbs and we are still getting about 7-8 lbs every 4-5 days from the greenhouse. I’ll do a separate post once I clear the greenhouse out with the harvest totals and my garden takeaways this year. On top of what we harvested from our garden we also went and picked well over 100 lbs of crabapples – of which I probably only preserved half of because I couldn’t get to them fast enough and they spoiled. I made unsweetened and sweetened apple sauce, apple juice concentrate and am in the process of making apple cider vinegar. September was also when the frost started coming and instead of picking everything when it started I decided to cover everything for several nights. In the end I’m not sure how much of a difference that made but I didn’t mind doing it and I knew that there was going to be more good weather.
Last but not least – October! This is really all tomatoes with a pepper thrown in for good measure from the greenhouse.
That concludes the 2017 garden year! It wasn’t what I expected or hoped for but I’m satisfied with how it turned out anyways. Always lots of lessons learned and I’m going to do a bit of reflecting on that in a couple (or few) weeks once I’ve fully reached hibernation mode!