Thursday, December 30, 2010

Best and Worst of my 2010 Garden

Reflecting back on the year, my first year of blogging about my garden...

Best - growing things we hadn't tried/had success with before, like chianti sunflowers, pink tomatoes, purple pole beans, and loofah.

The pink tomatoes grew nicely and were very juicy. I definitely want to try them again next summer. I wasn't crazy about the beans, however. They didn't have the same flavor as a regular old green bean, and sadly, they lost their purple coloring once cooked. As for the loofah, they're pretty cool but a pain in the neck to peel and de-seed. Still undecided if we'll do loofahs again, but experimenting is the whole fun of gardening, no?
Worst - the extreme weather this year. We had record setting blizzards/snowfall in the winter and sizzling hot temperatures in the summer. They said the DC area set a record with over 60 days that had temperatures in excess of 90°F. It was brutal. Those temperatures made conditions ideal for certain garden pests like spider mites, and we lost a lot of plants. We also found new bugs in the garden, namely a moth that totally destroyed all our squash. That was discouraging. :(

Best - Getting to eat and cook with fresh veggies and herbs!

Life got in the way of my blog towards the end of the summer, so I lost track of exactly how much we harvested those last few weeks. Next year I want to be more organized and I want to try to calculate how much we're saving by growing our own stuff instead of buying it.

Worst - Garden pests of the non-insect variety
above: the remains of my poor strawberries after the squirrels feasted on them
I used to wonder why so many of my friends' parents and grandparents hated squirrels so much. Now that I have my own backyard and garden, I understand completely.

Best - my new garden helper
We adopted this little guy in February. Isn't he cute? Oh--and add cat grass to things I've never grown before!

Best Overall - My bouquet!

I got married this past October. This isn't really related to my backyard garden, so I thought I'd post my bouquet to make the connection. It was definitely a highlight this year. ;)



  1. I'm so happy to hear that you got married in October.. Woop..Woop! Congrats!.. Here's wishing you love every lasting!

    I can't wait for springs arrival again and to see what the New Year holds. See you in 2011!

  2. P.S that flower bouquet is fabulous, I bet you were too"..

  3. Thanks Vetsy! I need to download a better picture of the bouquet, but that's the only one on my computer right now. I can't wait to see what 2011 holds either. It's gonna be great! Happy New Year!!


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