Vegetable Garden Recollection

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Overall, my vegetable garden did really well in 2022. I started the garden with a long row of red potatoes that grew really well. I harvested about 2 five-gallon buckets full of potatoes in the spring. I was able to eat those potatoes for all of the summer and into mid-October. That’s what I’d call a great harvest! I’ll need to find a different location to grow potatoes in 2023.

The spring cabbage grew well as did the spring peas. Crop rotation will be a big part of keeping a good crop of each of these plants growing next year.

The summer crops, however, didn’t succeed as well. I had some trouble with the squash not producing much fruit. The cucumbers produced well, but worms got into the vines and then the fruit so I didn’t get to eat as much as the worms did. I grew tomatoes in containers and found that keeping them watered was an issue that I’ll need to address if I plan to do that again.

Unfortunately, the fall cabbage and collards got eaten by the worms. I’ll need to find some way to keep the butterflies and moths away from the plants next year. The radishes and rutabagas are looking good. I should have some decent rutabagas to eat by Christmas dinner.

Currently in the garden, I’m trying to pull out some weeds that are trying to take over. I’ve been raking leaves and using those as a mulch to keep the annual weeds down. I do have a problem with Florida Betony, a perennial weed, that has crept under the fence from the neighbor’s yard. I’ll likely be fighting that weed forever now.

Overall, when it comes to vegetables, I’m going to look into growing more vegetables in containers in the coming year.