- The birds ate all the slug bait out of my garden (twice) and with it all my carrot seed (twice). I read in a couple of places that August was still not too late to replant with seed for an Autumn harvest. So I did. But I'm thinking there won't be enough sun to produce anything of consequence.
- I got a grand total of three large tomatoes to ripen, one of which was hollowed out by a slug and another was recently eaten by a deer.
This is where my deer eaten tomato used to live... =(
- He also ate half of two green tomatoes...
Didn't learn from the first one, apparently...
- and then he danced in my carrot seedlings...
All those round divot marks are deer tracks!
- The 6 beets that grew out of the million or so I planted (birds again) are the size of golf balls.
- The basil got devoured by slugs the instant I planted it and the parsley went to seed (shouldn't until the second year, shame on me for buying old plants).
- The garlic disappeared, I have no idea what happened to it.
- I'm pretty sure some of my beans interbred. I was supposed to have two beans with purple pods. Out of four different kinds of beans, three had purple pods... Hmmm... This is only a "bad" thing because I plant heirlooms and now I don't know what this means for next year's beans... Probably nothing... Except, you know, mutant beans. o.O
- Neither of my pea plants made more than 6 peas.
- I got a handful or two of cherry tomatoes this year which beats the zero I got last year.
- The chard went crazy this year. I had one plant last year survive, but I got an entire row this year.
- The kale did beautifully this year, too.
- I got purslane to grow, finally! (OK, I bought starts from the farmer's market, but hopefully it'll seed itself for next year.)
- I think one salsify plant survived. If it is salsify and not grass, it should grow and spread on its own.
- The beans did pretty well considering they were under supported and got shaded out early by the tomatoes because I overestimated how fast the beans would grow and underestimated how fast the tomatoes would grow.
(These are supposed to be purple...)
- I had a volunteer tomato pop up and has even produced a few tomatoes. They will never ever, ever ripen, but I admire its grit.
- Ditto the volunteer vined thing that will never produce fruit big enough to tell whether it is a cucumber or a pumpkin or a squash. I'm just happy it happened.
- I have a darling, beautiful, sweet little volunteer sunflower that bloomed this week. I am in love with it.
Hope springs eternal
If a deer eats this, I'm buying a pellet gun.