Posted on 23 October 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

Garden Journal Update

By Cindy Naas

I am really big on keeping a detailed gardener’s journal.

My memory isn’t nearly as good as I am sometimes tempted to think it is, and I don’t want to lose the names of current favorite veggies I’ve enjoyed growing.

I also don’t want to make the same mistakes in next year’s garden that I made this year.

This year, my upside -down tomato pot was stolen early in the growing season, so I still have no opinion of how that worked. I intend to try it again next summer. My grape tomatoes did not live up to expectation and will not be grown again. The heirloom Brandywines were heavy croppers as usual.

The early lettuces did well, however my fall crop of lettuce failed to produce much. Fall has had too many hot days to successfully grow the varieties of lettuces I am planting, or at least I suspect this is the problem because the lettuces grow bitter greens which bolt quickly without really forming many leaves. Next year I will most likely try new varieties of lettuce for fall growing.

Basil was my big winner this year. I tried a new irrigation system and kept the basil soil moist all the time, never allowing it to dry out. I had the biggest crop of basil I have ever had, after an initial slow start due to a cooler than usual early summer.

I have a long list of varieties I want to try next summer:

  • Black Russian cherry tomatoes
  • Dragon kale
  • Falstaff brussels sprouts- gorgeous purple plant which would be as attractive as any garden annual I’ve seen
  • bush Delicata squash- space-saving bush variety of this winter squash will get a place in next summer’s garden

What veggies have you grown which worked wonderfully- or failed miserably?

What delicious vegetable have you eaten this summer which made you want to grow it in your own garden?

I’m eager to hear all about your gardens!

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4 Responses to “Garden Journal Update”

  1. urbangardencasual.com Dani in NC Says:

    I think my biggest success was the green beans I planted this fall. They didn’t give much, but I got enough for me to find out that my veggie-hating daughter will eat fresh green beans! That is a triumph because after 15 years I was beginning to think I wouldn’t be able to get her to eat any vegetables.

    This year’s garden didn’t yield much, but it was enough to encourage me to do it again in the spring.

  2. urbangardencasual.com Fern Says:

    I had a lot of success with Ruby Chard and ‘Salad Bowl’ lettuce. I’m still waiting for my ‘California Wonder’ bell peppers, ‘Roma’ tomatoes, and ‘Sweet 100’ cherry tomatoes to produce fruit. Probably a couple of weeks for the tomatoes and 4 weeks for the bell pepper.

  3. urbangardencasual.com Cindy Says:

    That’s the best kind of success, Dani! Anything which makes you look forward to next year’s garden I count as a win. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

  4. urbangardencasual.com Cindy Says:

    Fern, you’re lucky to live in an area where you can still anticipate fresh tomatoes. I already am longing for a wonderful juicy ripe tomato, and we haven’t even cleared October yet! Your blog is awesome, by the wya. I intend to read through your past entries soon. Thanks for stopping by!

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