Wednesday, December 4, 2019

2019 Review

Red Flam Grapes - 2019
The best/most productive crop in the garden for 2019 has been the Red Flame grapes. The quantity & quality have never been better. The vines were allowed to reach out across the garden in an array. Only limited pruning was performed to tidy stray vines. I constructed a very unsophisticated system of support using tall wooden stakes and twine leading the vines from the arbor out across the garden. This provided me with much welcomed summer shade while allowing the vines to soak up the sun and produce loads and loads of grapes. The grapes weren’t grocery store big in size; but they certainly tasted superior. I may continue with my remedial method unless Farmer MacGregor constructs a better more permanent structure.

Thornless boysenberries and Santa Rosa plums also performed well.  Earlier in the year, carrots thrived during the cool rainy season. Disappointments were beets being devoured by insects.  Still don’t know the culprits. They continue to destroy my fall beets. Tomatoes and peppers were also duds.

Two trees were removed:  Blenheim apricot & O’Henry peach. A new Blenheim has replaced O’Henry.  The nursery didn’t have any O’Henry’s in stock; so we hope to snag a bareroot peach this coming season. Farmer MacGregor insists. The Granny Smith apple also needs to be removed. I’m thinking of replacing it with a Royal Crimson cherry that has been developed by Dave Wilson Nursery for the San Joaquin Valley.

A variety of onions and garlic has been planted in the winter garden and look to be enjoying the cooler, wetter weather just like me. Hope you all are enjoying your garden too.


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David said...

Maybelline, I've been away from blogs for a time. I'm just checking to see who is still out there. I'm glad to see you are still some what active. It looks like your fruit and berries had a good year but not so much for the veggies. The home grown grapes have much better flavor than the plumped up giant grapes found in the stores. In fact all fruit that harvested ripe from the tree or bush has amazing taste. Maybe some day I'll have some berries but here in Nebraska they would have to be in a fruit cage or the wild life would strip them clean.

I hope that your winter has been a restful time.

Nebraska Dave
Urban Farmer

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