Well folks, it’s time for a quick look back and wrap up as we bring this blog to a close for another year. Our 2016 summer growing season is over, and though things in the garden aren’t done, there’s little left to report. We plan to keep any plants that are currently growing/producing for around as long as we can, or until the winter takes hold, which might happen sooner than we think.. (The Farmer’s Almanac places us smack dab in an “ice cold and snow filled” winter…yippee.) After hitting nearly 80 degrees a couple weeks back, we’re back into the chilliness of fall. But that’s good, because it isn’t supposed to be 80 degrees around here on the first of November, now is it? (Except that it’s supposed to be 80 degrees, again, this week. Sheesh.)
We’ve used the term “roller coaster” a lot this past year, because that’s about the only phrase that truly sums up everything, from the weather to our harvests. Our winter was more like fall, our spring was more like winter at times and summer at others, the summer was crazy — super hot, super downpours, no middle ground — and the fall hasn’t wanted to let go of summer… until now. Our harvests, or lack of them, somewhat reflected this. But dismal turnouts in some crops (tomatoes, peppers) were more than made up for in others (squash, beans). And we found out this year that we have a very long way to go in the war between us and the critters. That’s going to lead to some changes next year. We have in mind to build up taller raised beds, and we’ll definitely be planting lots more marigolds like we did in past seasons. (The rabbits don’t like them, anyway. The squirrels are another matter.)
Next year might also see a change in the blog. We’re not entirely sure yet if we need to rework the schedule, or work on writing shorter posts, but it was something of a challenge to keep up with weekly postings this year. That could have been borne out of the fact that the garden was relatively disappointing, and nobody likes to read whiny posts about “those darn rabbits!” over and over and over again. We also made an effort this year to get out more and work on house projects, so all that led to less time at the computer. But if anything does need to change, we’ll just have to cross that bridge when we get to it.
So the plan right now is that we’ll be back in February as we gear up for a brand new gardening start in 2017. Thank you to every who read, followed along, and offered up words of encouragement. It’s always great to hear from our followers, even if we’re not the most socially active blog out there. Cheers to all, and we’ll see you next year!