Started out wonderfully. The crops were all planted by early spring and well on their way. We had glorious crops of lettuce and have planted some for fall. HOpefully they'll produce for us now.
Then July came in with 100 degree days. And everything burned up. The tomatoes, which had started out so promising, stopped setting fruit. The beans stopped producing blossoms, as did the squash.
In August, we faced a cold snap and things started moving again. But some of the heirloom tomatoes had already done their best so we're getting a sporadic, underachieving showing. But the beans have come back and are supplying us with our veggies.
What really worked well:
Potatoes: we had a very abundant crop - there weren't many blossoms but we're still eating them and freezing some.
Peaches: were spectacular! Very sweet and super abundant. The poor little tree was bent to the ground and needed lots of props just to survive.
Peppers: For the last two years we haven't been very successful with these but this year - wow! We're giving them away. We have several varieties from hot to mild.
Here's the first 'next year to do'
Tomatoes: 4 yellow jubilee 4 Black Krim 4 Green Zebra 4 red variety 2 Big Rainbow 1 chocolate cherry 1 gold cherry
More to follow.