Gardenella, Queen of the Potato Patch
Dean has been digging up the potatoes, and we got a pretty good haul, though they weren't as large as in past seasons. The Purple Vikings I tried (just a few plants) turned out really well, and I think I'll plant several rows next year. The Chaleurs turned out nice, though a bit smaller than 2 years ago, when we tried them for the first time. The Russian Blues are small, but with a a REALLY deep purple colour this time. The All Reds turned out well, mostly because they were in the Old Garden, and the soil hadn't been stomped down hard by James - it made it difficult for the potatoes to grow freely, as there is a bit of clay in our soil, and it can pack down hard.
The raspberries are prolific, but the question is, will we have enough sun and heat for them to ripen? Usually we're picking full baskets of raspberries by the last week of August; this year we're already into September, and are just collecting a handful of ripe berries a day. If the weather holds, we should get lots, but we could also end up with a lot of green ones that never make it.
The tomatoes are doing pretty well, but again, no great bumper crop. In past years, Dean has had to lug them to the office to give them away, but this year we are not overwhelmed with quantity. I'm going to try canning a small batch of tomatoes, just to see if I can do it.
The one thing I'm really worrying about is the morning glories. The vine has finally grown to full height, and there are tiny buds, but so far we've had just ONE flower. These plants are so tender, they'll die at the first frost, and I'm concerned that the weather may not last long enough for the flowers to open. That would be a great disappointment, especially as I finally managed this year to get 3 Moonflowers to grow; I would like to see one flower before the fall closes everything down.