Built some raised beds; for the first time grew starts under grow lights and cultivated asparagus; grew some great peppers, the largest eggplant plants I’ve ever grown, the best tomato and cucumber crops I’ve ever grown, a good bean crop. Didn’t do so good on the raspberries or strawberries!
Looking back, it was a tale of two summers. Cool, wet spring through early summer followed by an average-ish temperature late-summer.
And I think that pretty much explains why the berries weren’t a hit— my varieties are both geared towards early- to mid-summer (and the fact that I didn’t spend too much time in my community garden plot watering my well-established raspberries). That is to say the berries didn’t get the heat they needed to produce good fruit when it was time (In talking with my family, I heard the strawberry harvest in Oregon was below-average for strawberries b/c of the lack of early heat).
But why were the heat loving crops so successful despite a mediocre summer (some might say abysmal though I think that’s going too far)? I started the eggplants and cucs from seed under grow lights, fed them fish fertilizer in their starting phase, put them through the gauntlet of near death experiences by forgetting to water for a few days+ while they were under the lights, planted them outside into raised beds in a mix of soil and composted manure, and fed them a bit of alfalfa and kelp meal.
But there’s more to the story…