It has been so long since my last post I feel like I need to make a confession. Well, life once again took over and knocked me down for the count. But, at last I have a moment to review this past year, in the garden and in life. I also want to welcome and thank all the new subscribers to my blog-please feel free to comment!! I love comments!
The year of 2015 turned out to be the most successful for us in the garden with a total of 175 pounds as the final total of food grown. Wow, 175 pounds! I have to say that I am still surprised and very impressed with that total. I can only attribute it to the hard work put into the soil preparation including years of composting and organic amendments. Getting a small indoor greenhouse that allowed me to start the seeds in February also helped the process get an early jump.
I decided not to plant a fall garden due to all the happenings in my life and the unreal pace of the holiday season. In the end, I am so very happy I did not waste the time or seeds. We have received, as a lot of other places in the country, an enormous amount of rain that would have ruined the crop. For two straight weeks we did not see the sun or a dry day-something in Georgia we are not familiar with at all.
This year I will definitely take more care in pest control with organic resources, of course. The population of Stink Bugs across our area has exploded and I will need to try to head it off at the beginning-mostly with Neem Oil.
In the last few days we have finally received sun and winter weather-both of which I welcome. The colorful seed catalogs have begun to arrive in the mail and fresh hopes for a new growing season are beginning to take root. I am so thankful that at the end of the year my pantry (freezers included) are full and I have more horticultural knowledge to take with me into this new year.
I hope you all have enjoyed my sharing of the ups and lows of life and gardening. Stay with me to see what 2016 holds at our small cottage homestead. I will leave you my favorite pictures from the past year. Blessings, Catherine