Our garden looked fabulous this summer, and we got bumper crops of everything! We have, this last month or so started having to buy veg again for the first time since May. I’d definitely say we’d had success this year!
We’ve grown flowers as well as fruit and veg and we are hoping that this next spring lots of the perennials will come back and there’ll be less to do (wishful thinking I think, but we live in hope!)
We managed to get our irrigation water into a better rhythm this year so watering in 40 degree heat wasn’t as labour intensive as last year! We found that we could flood irrigate once every three weeks and then water in between using the water from the Alberca (our water storage). Some things could deal with only being watered once every three weeks but some plants, like the tomatoes and herbs, needed to be watered way more regularly. We hit the sweet spot from June til August where we had more veg than we could cope with. I sun dried lots of our tomatoes (which were super yum, but we’ve already eaten them all….so much for summer tomatoes all year round!) I also sun dried our figs, which didn’t turn out so well. About a week after I’d jared them up I went for one, only to find them full of maggots! Blergh! Ah well, you win some, you lose some! Another failure this year was the corn. We grew three varieties and all of them were rock hard. The ears looked ready, they had fully formed cobs but they were totally inedible!
A success though was our peppers and chillies. They grew really well and also an aubergine plant from last year came back quite late in the season and we’ve been eating beautiful white aubergines! Our artichokes grew really well, even after an initial aphid-farming ants disaster!
We grew Cosmos, and Dahlias, Pansies, Canna, Zinnias, Gypsophilia, Iris, Amarillys and a few others! My intention was to grow flowers for our wedding in October but that didn’t quite go to plan!
The garden really did look pretty special, and by the time our wedding rolled around there were still a few hangers on showing the remnants of a successful summer garden!
A few months off now, quiet garden time before jumping back into action for Spring. Can’t wait!