Growing tomatoes in any given year in Calgary can be a challenge. I only grow short season varieties and I put them in Kozy Coats in spring to give them a headstart, plus keep them in pots in the hottest area of my yard. Usually I get a fairly decent crop. But this year the crop has been sparse, to say the least!
Here are all my poor little tomato plants shivering in our unusually cold, wet September weather. We've had a lack of heat all summer and everything is very behind! I'll be cutting these tomato plants off in the next few days (tomorrow?) and bringing them inside to hang upside down as per a previous post. I probably could have done this weeks ago and it wouldn't have made a difference for all the lack of sun we've been having lately.
With all this rain I haven't had time to do much construction in this area of the yard either, as you can see. But I'm slowly making progress laying down those recycled concrete patio stones.
But enough complaining. All this moisture is great for the trees which suffered a lot of stress from a too-hot September last year. Plus the cool temperatures and extra moisture are sure making the perennial garden lush and the flower blooms extra vivid in colour. Also, my cool-season vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, chard, beans and peas all did very well this year. I guess you can't have everything!
And while I'm on the topic of the harvest, I must add that my strawberries and raspberries did very well this summer. I can't say whether it's because the plants are now more mature or because I was a little more diligent in fertilizing this year (probably has at least something to do with that!) or because of the weather or who knows what else. My neighbour's Saskatoons did extremely well this year too and they are quite old shrubs so the Saskatoon harvest, at least, didn't seem to have anything to do with plant maturity.
What did well (or not) in your garden this year?