One of the things that I like to do during the summer season is gardening. Since I am an outdoor person and am used to tropical weather, the summer season here is my favorite. Summer season in northern Minnesota is the best- not too hot, just right!
Every year, I am always looking forward to getting my garden started and hoping for a good crop. Last year, my harvest was not that great. It was very dry and even when I watered the plants on a regular basis, I still could not come out ahead of the drought. The only plants that produced a good harvest were the squash despite the short growing season we have here up north. I managed to harvest eight good sized squash. If we had a longer growing season, I would be able to get more. Unfortunately, I had to harvest them the day after we experienced a hard freeze the night before. The squash were OK but the leaves were totally frost bitten.
The year 2014 was my best year gardening since I got here. We had a good crop of sweet corn, string beans, okra, red potatoes, strawberries, bokchoy and grape tomatoes. Both my hubby and I really enjoyed eating our own organic produce. That very same year was my first try at planting some grape tomatoes and they turned out really well. Due to that success, I did plant some again the following year but unfortunately, they did not do well. I supposed it was probably because of the dry weather. I will try again this year.
I like grape tomatoes. I don’t usually like to eat tomatoes but the grape tomatoes are an exception. In general, tomatoes tend to have a funky smell and texture but with the grape tomatoes, they have a mild sweet smell and are crunchy too.
My hubby likes red potatoes so I will be planting some of them this year, along with strings beans and okra. I had a lot of fun harvesting the potatoes. They were the last ones to be harvested because they are tough and tend to survive during mild freezing temperatures. Harvesting potatoes feels like digging for gold 🙂 .
In 2014, we tried planting some strawberry plants and they turned out really well. The strawberries were oh so sweet and tasty compared to the ones you buy in the store that we are anxious to try them again this year. If the weather cooperates this year, we are looking forward to getting some more of super sweet and tasty strawberries again.
I really enjoy gardening but sometimes it is discouraging, especially when mother nature doesn’t cooperate. Regardless, I can’t wait. I am chomping at the bit to get my gardening started.