Garden Surprises

After Hurricane Irene, much of my garden was ruined. I was able to salvage a bunch of tomatoes and several zucchini, but all the great pepper plants, pumpkins, watermelons and corn were gone. The kale is still looking decent and I’m going to try to winterize them.

The incident gave me a much better understanding of the news stories you hear about food prices rising because a storm wiped out crops upon crops. While I wasn’t planning on selling the fruit, I did plant them with the intention on not having to buy as much produce and saving some money.  

My Dad’s garden in New Jersey, which if you recall from previous posts, are all plants from the Adirondacks because I bought too many and figured they would make a great birthday/Father’s Day gift, weathered the storm a little better. The cucumbers, watermelon and cantaloupe were gone. But, many of the pepper, tomato, eggplant and basil plants were still standing.

The broccoli and cauliflower looked decent, but there were no heads forming. We both wrote it off.

So, you can imagine how surprised I was when I saw this sitting on his counter:

And, there’s at at least two or three more forming!

The first photo at the top was also a bunch of veggies picked over the weekend. The yellow peppers were a complete surprise, because I don’t remember buying them. Either I picked up a mixed pack, or one that was not marked correctly. Either way, I’ll happily take them since I’ve seen them in the store for upwards of $3 each!

I can’t believe it’s the end of October and the plants are still producing fruit — wish it could stay like this all year. Just out of curiosity, how long is your growing season?

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