As you can see, I have not written about my garden at all this summer! (I have however had 10 stories accepted for publication this year - since I one day hope to earn decent money and entertain people through fiction writing, it has been a summer of hope and growth in that arena of pursuit.)
However, because I've been busy writing, I didn't do a lot in the garden this summer - but I thought I'd drop in here and leave a basic record in case I return to it with more care next year. I hope to because while I've been very happy with my writing, there is a physical cost to spending considerable time sitting and staring at a screen page (or paper) instead of doing light work outside, which I recognize and feel.
I planted green beans twice - the second crop is just starting to form. I discovered a new way to preserve beans after a harvest - making a sort of dill/salt slurry to cover fresh beans in a jar. I don't know how long before beans stored in this manner would start to go bad, as we eat them before any started going moldy.
Lettuce grew well this year in the spring - it was cooler than in previous years. I didn't get orach again but ate a lot of sorrel. Harvested wheat that had self-seeded from last year. Didn't process it, just cut it and made a little wheat sheaf for decoration.
Grew some strawberries, transplanted rhubarb, harvested more currants then I knew what to do with, ate all the saskatoon berries I could get off two bushes and planted a third for next year. Tried to get nasturtium to grow up on a trellis, but that didn't really work - tried growing morning glories against the side of shed - it's growing all right, some of the vine is eight feet tall, lots of leaves - but no flowers, despite neighbours having morning glories blossoming. I think perhaps I have been watering them too much.
Planted runner beans again, essentially for the hummingbirds. Let the chicory bloom, that was great, I didn't know it grows so tall! It grew tall and attracted goldfinches. I have a couple of tomato plants sprawling in the garden now, losing some fruit to splitting again, but not as badly as before. The tomatoes are starting to ripen now and I hope to get a couple of quite sizeable tomatoes to slice in the next couple of weeks, baring frost.
Oh, and my lilac bush bloomed at last! It bloomed purple flowers. I thought I'd purchased a white-flowering variety, but I guess the tags were mixed up somewhere along the line before I got to the shop.
End of Garden Season inventory of perennial/overwinterable plants in yards: (42 at end of last year)
Your average north american yard grass
An evergreen tree
What I call puffball mushrooms
Hen and Chicks
Lilac - Unknown unexpectedly purple variety
Johnny Jump Up
Second strawberry variety
Some tulips that no one admits they planted but are in the yard some how...
Lavender (the big tall "original" kind)
Lavender (a small but perfectly mound shaped copyrighted kind)
Total going into winter - 41.