The tomato harvest was going good and strong, but then the extreme heat came and spider mites started coming out and it was an uphill battle from there. We did get to enjoy a lot of tomatoes though (I was making pico de gallo all the time!), but you always learn something every year. The end of last tomato season we noticed the bugs, this year we were able to identify what they were and how to best deal with them. Next year, we will be prepared on how to deal with them, unless of course, something else happens and we have to adjust to that. There is constant learning and adjusting when it comes to gardening, so much depends on weather and bugs and you really can’t control those. Since we’ve started cultivating our own edible garden, we have such an appreciation for those farmers who depend on their crops for their livelihood. It is not easy and you just never know what factors might come into play to affect your garden.
These are also the last few pictures of this side of the garden looking like this. It is going to undergo a minor little change. The beds will be raised up higher or might even change in material altogether. This side will no longer be for our seasonal harvest, but will have citrus trees growing and all our rotating seasonal fruits and veggies are going to the other side of the yard, where the trees currently are (those will get moved too!). We are constantly learning by trial and error on what works best for our garden. Sometimes I wish I had a magic wand to just wave and have everything done, but gardening takes patience and lots of research, so until that magic wand is invented, I’ll keep exercising the patience part, and I’ll let Ben do all the research.