My harvest was small this week, plus, I’ve had a photo failure, so the visual rendition is not available. (I don’t explain this stuff, I just use it as best I can.) Anyway, although the harvest was small my excitement was high. That’s because my first slicing tomato came in. I pulled it from the garden early because of my fear of my neighboring groundhog. He’s not getting any tomatoes from me – not if I can help it.
I also harvested more than a handful of cherry tomatoes, seven jalapeno peppers and some bronze fennel and tarragon. Most of the cherry tomatoes were pulled and quickly eaten. The jalapeno peppers were great fun and very much enjoyed.
For maintenance this week, one of my sweet peppers went into a larger container. It’s looking a little bedraggled just now, but hope it recovers and thrives. I also tried washing my bean plants’ leaves with soapy water. My dad washed his cabbage with soapy water to control pests. I’m probably way off base with this, but hey, it didn’t cost me much to try. Something came off the leaves. There were tiny, black specks floating in the water. Wish me luck. I like green beans! I also planted another container of beans this week and started a small pot of black seeded Simpson lettuce. I miss my spring greens!
So midway through summer I’m not displeased with my little gardening effort. I’d love to have good dirt in which I could grow at least a dozen tomato plants. But my yard gets lots of shade. I suspect, even if I had the strength, little would come of my efforts. The spot where I’ve placed my containers offers the best shot at gardening that I have. The area already hosts perennial flowers and raspberries. Containers get around this obstacle as they can be fitted in where opportunity arises.
On the other hand, container gardening is not inexpensive. There’s the cost for pots and the potting mix on top of seeds and fertilizers and what have you. And I’ll never have huge harvests. (My space available for containers in full sun is very limited.) So I doubt it would be in my best interest to tally my harvest versus expenses, although next year, with fewer pots and bags of potting mix needed, my expenses should come down a bit.
Plus, I believe, and always have, that part of the fun of do-it-yourself activities, beyond the intense sense of personal satisfaction, is the savings made on the venture. But then I come from that generation which values thrift.
Mixing all of that together and toting it all up anyway, I still wouldn’t change a thing I’ve done. The intense, fresh flavors of the veggies I harvested this spring were worth all the effort and outlay. So happy gardening, folks. We have at least half of the season left!
This post is part of Harvest Monday hosted at Daphne’s Dandelions.