I've harvested a total of 23.61 pounds of produce, herbs, and flowers from the garden this year. I haven't yet harvested cabbage or carrots and there are plenty of green tomatoes and peppers left ripening.
I haven't been able to keep up with the herb production! I've been making a lot of pesto to use up a plethora of herbs. I've been drying lavender for baths and mint for tea. I've also been unintentionally rooting basil on my kitchen windowsill; I'm going to try to plant it in pots soon.
I've been picking zinnias like crazy and they keep making more! They're a great combination of pink and orange. My sunflowers have all been hacked down by creatures of some kind: birds, squirrels, chipmunks. I have one tiny teddy-bear sunflower plant left hiding between some tomatoes.
This morning I picked a few more tomatoes out and 1.25 pounds of green/purple beans for dinner tonight. I lost most of my cucumbers to beetles though one plant has managed to stay healthy and is producing a few more fruit for me. I lost the powdery mildew battle with my zucchini and tore most of them out. I left two plants in the ground and they've regrown as healthy plants but I don't think I'll get any fruit out of them for the rest of the year. Fingers crossed.
|Zinnias, Marigolds, Pole Beans, and Beefsteaks|
In terms of preserving: I have 3 pints of green beans canned and a quart of diced tomatoes and a 1/2 pint of tomato paste. (Along with my pinto and black beans, though those didn't come from the garden). I also have around a dozen Serrano peppers frozen. No jam, lemonade, or fruit this year. It actually has been a rather underwhelming canning season for me. We definitely won't have packed cupboards this winter.
I ordered my cover crop and garlic along with hundreds of flowering bulbs (hyacinth, daffodils, allium, and anemone). I hope to get everything in the ground before halloween - wish me luck on that one!