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.