Strictly speaking, bounty isn't the word that comes to mind as a description of the 2010 garden season in my part of the world. The summer's intense heat and our local mini-drought really took their toll on this year's produce. The picture below shows one of the more abundant picking days I enjoyed…..a pretty sparse season indeed.
A garden is always at the mercy of Mother Nature. I can only do so much to coax the growth along. Soon enough the cold will come and the garden will retreat to a patch of cold, empty soil. I'll fertilize the growing space and ready it for next spring. The fertilization will likely be one part organic materials and two parts hope. But that's okay. A gardener lives in constant hope, with a side of crossed fingers. It's always a welcome lesson for me and it's why I love my garden.