The year started slowly as last year’s highly successful “door to nowhere greenhouse” worked not nearly so well, for whatever reason. We went from having so many sprouts that we couldn’t find space for them in 2015, to having to buy some starters from our CSA. Live and learn. In the end we got a healthy harvest of tomatoes and peppers.
Our first major harvest was getting over 100 heads of Spanish red and German white garlic out of the seed garlic we purchased from Possum Hill Farm in Connecticut. Whether it was the change in seed, the weather, or the different location in the garden or some other change we got perhaps 20 times the garlic harvest we’d ever had in the past:
Next came the grapes. Enough for some Concord jelly, some jelly from green grapes, the occasional snack while working in the garden, and 10 or so liters of white wine. Seriously, the grapes went crazy. We don’t know enough yet to prune the way one is supposed to to maximize wine quality, so it’s just vineyard chaos out there:
The cucumbers and leafy greens did not thrive this year. I was proud that, even with the “extreme drought” that we suffered through this growing season my three rain barrels were sufficient that on only three occasions did I have to resort to watering from the house. We were never given any water use restrictions in the city, oddly enough, with several other communities going into several levels of water emergency. As I have documented in the past, it does appear that Springfield is extremely resilient when it comes to water.
Apart from the really wonderful addition of nightshade fruits to our table, my wife and Luna really enjoy plucking flowers from the garden to beautify the house.
Enough for Thanksgiving and then some. Very cool.
At its zenith, this was how it looked: