And then it happens. The days get shorter, the evening get a little cooler, the kids hit the turf for the start of the football season and summer quickly comes to an end. At the end of each growing season, I find time to reflect and absorb. I try to sit quietly, (not an easy task) and look back at the successes and failures of the season, in the garden. Summer season 2016 will go down in my garden journal as the hottest and driest I’ve ever experienced. The above average temperatures and severe drought brought both challenges and victories. As always, I found yin and yang amongst the sprawling vines and perfect blooms.
Growing edibles this season , without a good irrigation system, was nearly impossible. The extreme heat also made it impossible for me to germinate seeds. Almost all of my lettuces quickly became bitter and bolted. It was a sad summer for salad greens.
On the flip side, we just had ideal growing conditions for our heat loving crops like tomato, peppers, melons and squash.