No matter how determined I am to keep the garden under control, somewhere I lose it and the garden gets the upperhand. I’m learning that’s ok; I just do what I can and allow things to slide a little. It is more important to keep picking and processing and think that maybe next year I will do better. Overall, a good year despite the warm start then cool, wet middle but a decent September so veggies got a little boost from that. Problem is, gardens like mine that are rimmed by trees don’t benefit from late September sun as that sun starts getting hung up behind those branches. Still I can’t complain. Below are a few pictures from spring and forward:

Perfect sized apple tree for us. Six varieties and compact.
Lots of salad mix and greens are planted in the spring and they thrived in the cool weather.
My favorite time in the garden is June when everything still holds so much promise and looks tidy too!

Strawberries were abundant but I really should have thinned them. Late spring was cold and they were so slow to ripen and the wasps were early so I ended up getting stung numerous times and finally abandoned the rest of the strawberries. Still, harvested a good amount for the fresh eating and the freezer.

Strawberry beds.
Raised bed (with wire bottom and set on old 4 x 4s). A good crop of yukon golds.

Tomatoes are one of the crops I spend the most effort on and they responded nicely. I have taken to cropping my tomatoes after the 4th or 5th truss sets on main crop tomatoes and I did so last year but September was so nice, more would have ripened. Still I can’t complain. Yield was great.

Fresh picked tomatoes.
Strained tomato sauce. Frozen in 1 cup containers then popped out and stored in reused bagel bags with parchment paper layered between each brick.

Wasps Eating the Garden

August 13th, 2020

Trying to salvage what fruit remains on this nectarine tree.

What have I done to this fruit tree? I have finally wrapped each remaining nectarine in remay and tied it up with string. How well that will work, I don’t know, as nectarines are hard to wrap because as they grow the fruit pushes itself onto the branch pretty much attaching to that branch. So it was a tedious task to wrap each one; i was almost glad that half the nectarines had already been eaten by the wasps.

This wasn’t my first attempt at protecting the nectarines. First i put up a remay sheet which was too light when the wind picked up, then i tried a regular sheet but it didn’t allow enough air in, then next I covered with a heavy shade cloth. I was able to reduce the damage to the fruit but the tree wasn’t too happy being covered up like that and if I wanted to check on the ripeness of the fruit, I had to peel back the covering and once done, tuck it and clip it back together. Too tedious. I will do almost anything to protect my strawberries and tomatoes, but I have my limits with everything else in the garden.

The nectarines are not the first bit of fruit the wasps have attacked. We had a cool start to the season so the june bearing strawberries were late. I picked a nice amount for the freezer but finally abandoned the remaining small berries after getting stung several times. Likewise the new raspberry patch, it just wasn’t worth picking the few berries. I can’t stop the wasps from getting at the berries but to pick them I know the trick is to get out early before the sun falls on the fruit. So it is now blackberry season-the last of the berries for my freezer- and I don’t have to cultivate them or be concerned by how many the wasps are eating. I just walk my dog early always bringing a empty tub and visit the bushes lining our local roads, happy to return home with a tub every day or two while the season lasts.