This was the second very dry summer in a row. I think it rained twice between May and September. Good summer for fruit, though. We´ve had apples, pears, plums, lots of blackberries, even a couple of walnuts but not a single, solitary grape. Got good production from the runner beans, onions, courgette/zucchini, peppers, green basil and, surprisingly enough, the tomatoes. The cherry tomatoes especially were still pumping out product. Unfortunately, they all had blight and I ripped them out to burn them. The Santiago Black was especially good and flavorful.
Carrots are a little short, but I wasn´t diligent about thinning them. Tasty though.
I got one strawberry. Didn´t net adequately or early enough.
I have renewed respect for anyone that can grow a decent head of cauliflower. All ours were buggy and scant. The broccoli was only slightly better.
Peppers finally showed up. Unfortunately, I had a tough time telling which were the Orense, the Piquillo and the Padron. Wondering how to preserve them now. Can I roast and freeze them?
Peas didn´t like the heat or the drought. I planted more, and they´ve germinated, but it´s probably too late to get any this fall.
The courgette got powdery mildew and passed it on to the butternut squash. So far there are 3 giant and 2 good sized squash growing, as well as some littler ones. Hoping they ripen.
Brussels sprouts are tall and sprouting. Not exactly sure when one harvests them. Is there a trick to getting nice tight heads?
Planted beet greens, kale, spinach and parsnips and all appear to have germinated. Will probably buy some cabbage starts from the farmers market, though cabbage is so cheap and the dreaded white butterflies so plentiful it may not be worth it. I bought 4 tiny rhubarb starts, some lavendar and some sage the last time I was there. Garlic will probably go in where the tomatoes and peppers were. Thinking of doubling the size of the garden. We´ve discovered you can rent a tiller for 18€ a day in the village and it seems to me money well spent, if only to get experience using one. I´ve had plastic down to kill the grass for a while. Now mulling a new layout.
Got 2 jars of pickles, 4 jars of tomato sauce, 2 jars of pesto, 4 small jars of blackberry jam, and 2 jars of bramble jelly done. Am thinking I should try making sauerkraut to see if I like it.