Topic: Other Hobbies
This year's garden was a dismal failure! I attribute this to the cold and wet spring that lasted through June. I did have success with beets and cherry tomatoes, with sweet onions and green onions. Everything else either came up and had a weak production or the seeds didn't even sprout.
For example, here is a photo of my entire carrot harvest.
This is from a single oak barrel (all of my garden is planted in these). They carrots looked great from the top but when I pulled some they were very stunted. I ended up pulling the whole crop and only one carrot was over 2 inches long.
I scrubbed them and grated the whole lot which made enough for 12 loaves of carrot-pineapple bread.
The photo also shows the beet harvest minus the two I pulled earlier in the summer. These were some tasty beets, too. I boil them in the skins, plunge into cold water, slip the skins, slice, saute in butter, season with salt and pepper. Just like candy!
Next year had better be a good harvest or I may have to give up on the whole gardening 'thing'. Either I'm not good at it, the oak barrels are not suitable, or it takes more time/attention than I am giving it. Since none of those variables are going to change I have better things to do with my energy than fuss over vegetables that don't want to cooperate.