Vegetable garden

Reflections on a vegigarden: 2014

It is the end of the year and the vegetable garden is almost ready for the upcoming winter. Time to look back and reflect on the fruits of my labor. All things considered 2014 not a bad year at all, although I didn’t spend as much time in my vegigarden as I would have liked.

My front garden is clearly to blame for me neglecting my vegi’s. We renovated the front garden, which means ripping everything out including plants, tiles, the works and starting from scratch. Needless to say this took quite some time, blood, sweat and tears. Luckily the tears were of joy when it was all done. 😀 Now the plants just need to grow a bit bigger. I really don’t get the expression ‘patience is a virtue’. Whoever though of that clearly did not have a garden with small plants wanting for them to get bigger, faster!

Back to the vegi’s. I’m really happy with a few choices I made. This year I decided not to grow a late variety of potato but only the young, early variety. This was a good thing as I now have a much more manageable amount of potatoes which will actually all get used instead of being thrown out by the end of the year.

I also planted more pumpkins which turned out great! I now have lots of pumpkins adoring the area around my front door. They also sold well at my local flee market in September.

Looking to next year, the seed catalog 2015 just arrived this week. WHOOPIE!! I want to try out some new seeds I got as a gift but maybe also some new varieties of tomato.

One thing that is going out of my garden are Brussels sprouts. I have tried growing these little buggers for four years now, but they keep disappointing me. My husband really loves them, but I have not grown fond of them on my plate and they don’t like growing in my garden either. They are too loose; the sprouts are open in stead of being tightly closed. This is due to too much nitrogen in the soil and there is little I can do about that. To make a long story short, sorry for my husband, but no more Brussel’s sprouts anymore.

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