Between visiting my parents, helping my oldest daugher move and a busy work schedule, I realize now that I never posted an update on this year’s garden! I know that most folk’ s gardens are now winding down, but with the cooler weather we have been having my garden has really taken off! I hope everything can ripen before our first frost which is at least a month away.
This year, I did some further experimenting with irrigating with my pond water. I need to change out a portion of the pond’s water anyways, so why not use it? Most everything seemed to do well using this method so I will do the same next year (maybe even automate part of it with a timer and an additional pump!)
I was really surprised how well the beets grew. I planted 2 different types, the one on the left being a variety called Krapaudine which ended up being huge! The beet on the right is a Detroit and is about 3 or 4 inches in diameter. I will definitely plant these varieties next year too!
My hot peppers did very well. I saved some seed from the Thai Chile’s that I bought in Chico last year- I only planted 3, but there are hundreds of peppers on them still!
I have two varieties of red habaneros going – red savina and a carribean red. They are both very flavorful… great citrus flavor, but these things are hot!!! You don’t need much.
Rounding out the peppers is some nice Lilac bell peppers. Not hot, perfect in a salad!
My tomatoes grew over 6 feet high and are loaded with a small Italian variety. I was hoping they’d be larger, but at least they’re prolific!
This year, I seem to have had very few pests in the garden, but I had a lot of baby lizards. Whiptails and Desert Spiny lizards mostly and they must have kept the bugs, including tomato worms in check! If you look closely there is a young desert spiny on this planter next to the pond.
I think the only thing that didn’t do exceptionally well was the variety of corn I planted. I believe it was called “glass gem” and is a popcorn. The kernels resemble stained glass. Beautiful, but not plentiful. I may try once more as an ornamental.
The Cleveland Sage that I planted last year exploded with new growth and tons of purple flowers that lasted all summer long!
All in all I am happy how this year’s garden turned out!