I am still quite in shock at how well the garden did this year. I did invest a fair amount of time and effort, but I really thought that I would have had a lot more problems and a lot let success.
This is especially true since I spent part of June in the hospital and was forbidden to go in the sun for several weeks afterwards. The biggest issue I had was with late blight, but it sounds like it is a universal problem here in Germany, so pretty much everyone uses a greenhouse. We are planning to build the foundation for our (my!) greenhouse on Sunday. I am soooo excited. I feel like a small child waiting for Christmas to come. I am, however, not a small child. I am a plant obsessed adult who wants to start here own small horticultural business and conduct research on bio-intensive growing practices. So, I consider my excitement to be a teensie bit more practical (if excitement can be considered practical).
Anyways, about the harvest. I can tell you that it is October and I still have at least 20 kilos of potatoes left, a whole basket of onions (about 50 onions) and a bunch of herbs that I dried. Plus, I dried the corn that we could not eat in time which I will then grind up to make corn flour for homemade tortillas.
I also canned 30 kilos of tomatoes, an untold number of apples and peaches, and 8 jars worth of cucumbers. We have jars full of dried beans (and it would have been more, but I was not tall enough to harvest some of them and the pods got wet before I had a chance to take the trellis down, so they got moldy).
As the garden was a bit more successful than I was anticipating, we were not able to eat some of the things fast enough. There were just so so so many zucchinis that eventually I could not look at them anymore. So, some of them went into the compost.
There were also too many grapes for us to manage in such a short period of time while moving, so a lot of them went bad. I feel really bad about it because they were really beautiful grapes. I need to buy a means to make wine for next year. We of course also gave a whole bunch of other stuff away.
Now the garden is pretty much closed up for the year, although I still have red cabbage, leeks, carrots, kale and root celery that can be harvested. That will be a nice treat in the winter when most of the produce available in the supermarkets comes from Spain or the Netherlands where everything is grown hydroponically and has no flavor. And I saved enough seeds that I should only have to buy the new varieties that I want to test out. I guess that means I am already starting the countdown to the next growing season!