OK, it has been a bad year for my garden, the start was late and the growth has been weak for everything but the scarlet runner beans, those I have more than enough of.
So why the bad year?
I got a late start - I planted some stuff early but it suffered, then it took my a long time to get the bulk in.
The soil needs more fertilizer - I know I was low in what I added this year and I can see the results. I need to add more manure and compost. My plan is to plant a bunch of fall rye as a green manure crop.
I also seemed to be short of time to get outside to get into the garden this year - I know this had to do with the scope and scale of renovations I took on in the spring and summer.
I have a whole bunch of strawberry plants to plant, I just need a location, I think will simply dig a whole and plant them all there to keep till the spring.
The chickens are slowing down and one has died. I am getting only about 2 eggs a day at the moment, sometimes less. I wonder about how well they will do this winter and if they are coming to the natural ends of their lives. I actually have had to buy eggs for the first time in several years.
Total value of my crops this year? Maybe $1000 this year and most of that is from the eggs.