Sadly, our little backyard garden is no more. I have not been a dutiful gardener this summer and the garden is now overcome with grass and weeds and wilt and plants that have gone to seed.
I could blame the heat and humidity for keeping me indoors most evenings, but really, I only have myself to blame. When I am in the throes of spring fever, planting like a mad women, I forget that gardening requires a lot of hard work.
However, all is not lost. We did have a very good harvest this year overall, before the garden turned into a jungle that is. The zucchini and squash were plentiful. As were the cucumbers and okra. We had our first watermelon this year, too. And then a second.
The tomatoes had issues this year. They developed a weird disease (maybe blight although we can't be sure) that caused the stems to turn brown and die. We also had a lot of rain this summer, so the tomatoes that ripened often split before they were picked.
Next year I will know to do the following:
be more diligent in tending to my garden,
pick the vegetables at least every other day,
weed at least once a week,
wait until the end of June to plant pumpkins and gourds,
plant the tomatoes in a different spot,
and to plant lots and lots of peppers.