I haven't given a garden update in a while, so here goes... My jalapenos did great. Off of just two plants that never got more than a couple feet tall, I probably got 40 or so peppers. Just the right amount of sweet and hot - yum! My tomatoes did pretty good... much better than last year. I lost one of my four plants, but the others kept me in enough tomatoes to eat a few a week all summer, and they still have a few green ones. My lettuce did amazing, but my carrots were pretty lousy - they tasted great, but were tiny and misshapen. I'll plant another batch in a couple weeks when it finally cools off some. I thought my sweet baby watermelons were dead and gone, but one had made a resurgence, and has a few tiny melon buds on it... we'll see if it comes to fruition (pun sort of intended). The strawberries have given me a few amazingly delicious berries, and I think next year will go gangbusters.
That's what's happened. I learned a lot and ate a little. I'll expand some for next year. Thanks to my step-mom's horse operation, I get all the high quality compost I can use. It's so good, they even swap it out to a friend of their with a certified organic small farm.
I've been amazed and honored by the fact that so many of you take time out of your day to read what I have to say. When I started in May of 2010, I never thought it would get to this level. When I started doing daily (for the most part) posts on Jan. 1 of this year, I was hopeful, but still not sure. Now that we are here, I think it is time to grow more. Readership had a couple of big spikes from links to some of the major blogs, and I've been pretty steady for a couple of months, but I think we can do better.
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