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Challenging 2016 Growing Season, Fall Garden Planted

It has been a very challenging growing season so far. Many issues have plague my garden this year, from too much rain in the early spring, to too little rain in the middle part of the summer, to flooding rains in August. Also, garden pest and diseases have also been an issue, from cabbage worms and bean beetles, to blackheart on the celery, and septoria leaf  spots on my roma tomatoes. Despite all of these challenges, I have been able to get a fair harvest from my garden.  Overall, harvest has been below normal.  Here are my overall results so far:

Onions: Candy yellow onions did pretty well, Red River red onions, pretty poor
Beans: Derby bush beans below average due to bean beetles and weather. King of the Garden pole lima crop failure. I am leaning toward not growing these anymore as I cannot get the vines to produce beans.
Lettuce: Decent spring harvest.
Peppers: Fair Hot Banana harvest, poor green pepper harvest, fair Poblano and Super Chili harvest so far.
Tomato: Roma tomatoes poor harvest due to leaf disease.
Celery: decent early on but all plants developed blackheart disease and died by early August.
Corn: Silver Queen corn harvest fair.
Cucumber: Diva cucumber harvest fair.
Potato: Red Norland harvest in raised beds was fair, very good in fabric bags.
Broccoli (Spring): Decent
Kohlrabi (Spring): Kossack kohlrabi pretty good, Kohlibri kohlrabi crop failure.
Pea: Mr Big pea, fair harvest.
Radish (spring): fair harvest.

The fall garden is fully planted and growing right now.  The early August planted carrot seeds were washed away with the flooding rains, so I replanted.  Most have now germinated, but the carrots are pretty small right now.  Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kohlrabi seedlings are now growing in the late summer/early fall garden (see pics below).  With decent weather I should have a good fall harvest this year.  The first fall frost is only about 3 to 4 weeks away now.  Happy Fall Gardening!!

Broccoli and Kohlrabi, 9-16-16

Broccoli and Kohlrabi, 9-16-16

Cauliflower "Snow Crown", 9-16-16

Cauliflower “Snow Crown” Hybrid, 9-16-16

Sierra Lettuce Awaiting the First Fall Harvest

Sierra Lettuce, 9-16-16

Broccoli, Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Green Onions and Radish, 9-16-16

Broccoli, Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Green Onions and Radish, 9-16-16

Late Planting of "Derby" Bush Green Beans Almost Ready for Harvest, 9-16-16

Late Planting of “Derby” Bush Green Beans Almost Ready for Harvest, 9-16-16

Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Cabbage, 9-16-16

Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Cabbage, 9-16-16

Two Giant 5 Foot Tall Poblano Pepper Plants, 9-16-16

Two Giant 5 Foot Tall Poblano Pepper Plants, 9-16-16

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