How far we've come since the cold days of last winter when we were all pouring over seed catalogs deciding what we would plant in our gardens this year.
We didn't know if we would have enough rain, too much rain, or too little rain. We didn't know if it would be a hot summer, a cool summer, or just average for our areas.
We just knew we were planting vegetables, once again or perhaps for the first time.
And if we were experienced vegetable gardeners, we knew to expect high points and low points through out the season.
Here are some of the low points and high points from my vegetable garden so far this year.
Low point: The tomatoes took their time ripening, setting a new record for me for the latest I've harvested the first big red tomato. Fortunately, I was briefly distracted and my wait was tempered by the fact that I did grow the WUT, the World's Ugliest Tomato.
High point: Since harvesting the first tomato, I have been picking a lot of tomatoes of all sizes and now have a couple dozen big tomatoes sitting on a tray on the kitchen table, surrounded by dozens and dozens of cherry and currant type tomatoes.
Low point: The raccoons, who have never to my knowledge bothered my garden before, discovered my sweet corn one night. They helped themselve to nearly all of it, the dirty thieves.
High point: I at least got a few ears of homegrown sweet corn before the raccoons arrived, and that corn was delicious. No butter needed. I repeat, no butter needed, they were that good and sweet.
Low point: The squash vine borers seemed to come out of nowhere and before I could say "Who wants some zucchini?", all the vines were dying.
High point: I had enough zucchini to eat some and share some. It was actually kind of nice not to be overrun with it. Really, it was. At least I'm telling myself it was.
Low point: The eggplant plants never did get very big or leafy. I think it was just too cool for them most of the summer, and then suddenly it was hot and dry.
High point: I did manage to harvest one eggplant today. See it in the lower left corner of my trug? Tomorrow, I'm going to peel it, slice, coat it with flour (or cracker crumbs) and fry it up.
Because, other than the big ripe tomatoes, fried eggplant is my favorite vegetable from the garden.
Any other eggplant lovers around?
Overall highest point: I had a vegetable garden. There will always by low points in any garden, but hopefully there will be more high points, just like a good roller coaster ride. So no matter what, I'll always have a vegetable garden.
What kind of roller coaster ride did your vegetable garden take you on this year?