I hereby declare my summer gardening over. The vegetable harvest is done. The only thing on a plant is an inch and a half long red pepper that never grew big enough to harvest.
This year was more successful than last. Our four cucumber plants produced over a dozen tasty treats. The kids loved eating sliced cucumber still warm from the sun. I wish the other plants had been half as productive. From four green pepper plants, we harvested a single green pepper in addition to the non-grower. Of the eight tomato plants, only the patio tomato provided produce in the form of nine two to three-inch round tomatoes. The herbs grew and we had fresh basil most of the summer. Still, as I assess this past season, it goes in the failure category.
Now is the time to repeat the same pledge I made this time last year. “This is the last year I try a backyard garden.”