I think all gardens are a source of joy and frustration. There is sense of joy that comes with every bloom, every new leaf, every piece of produce picked. Frustration comes from unmet expectations. A slow growing plant, small blooms, and foraging wildlife can frustrate any gardener. Joy and frustration go hand in hand in the garden.
So it shouldn't be a surprise that our vegetable garden has been a source of joy and frustration this year. Deer and grasshoppers have done their share of damage. So, too, has the excessive heat and drought.
We have learned not to expect too much out of the garden. Lowered expectations has been good. We now are happy with whatever we harvest, whether it's a lot or a little. With lower expectations, there is no pressure for the garden to produce as much. We are happy with whatever we harvest. So we never expected to fill our harvesting basket with beautiful produce, but we did!
Melons. They are sweet and juicy. We've already eaten several this year.
Tomatoes. We are surprised they are still producing in this heat, and haven't gone dormant. We were expecting tons of tomatoes; now we are just happy with what we get. Being heirlooms, our tomatoes are purple, yellow, and red. Unlike the white cucumbers, these do not surprise me.
And carrots! The deer had a great time chewing off the tops, so although they are not as big as we wanted, again, we are happy to get these.
What else is in the garden? Well, we have already harvested some corn. Unfortunately, the grasshoppers have eaten as much as we have.
But the potatoes are ready, and will be dug next week. Since we aren't expecting much, it will be fun to see what's under the ground, waiting for us!
I'm linking up with Daphne for Harvest Monday.