Gardening in 2022: observations, harvest and next year's plans

Jeremie Litzler
  • Gardening
  • Badgers
  • Volunteer crops
About 3 min

Pumpkins

Only volunteer crops grew up this year, all from last year compost area, where we put lots of autumn leaves and kitchen waste.

The plants grew very, spreading on the fence and even the oak tree. We had a couple of lanterns in the tree 😉

The harvest was better than 2020 (when we had picked 12.274 kg). This year, we reached 17.686 kg.

And the pumpkins were very tasty so far. You can guess we won't have much left before the winter.

Six kuri squash
Those were the last squash harvested on October 23rd.

Potatoes

A lot of volunteer crops came up this year. We planted a few in the spring.

We harvested 1150 grams only.

Lemon wort (Lemon verbena)

We harvested 3 times the lemon wort and we washed and dried it immediately using the solar-powered dehydrator.

I think we could have had one more if I harvested the stems earlier in June.

The quantity harvested, however, is enough for a year’s worth of herbal infusions.

Kiwai (Actinidia arguta)

This year, the spring was mild and no frost hit the flowers of our kiwai.

The vine produced 220 g of fruits

The harvest of kiwai of 2022
It seems little but what a joy to produce something out of your own garden.

I hope next year will bring more. The vine has grown a little more.

We are planning to buy another one to plant in the next available area for gardening.

Kiwai are high in Vitamin C, even more than the regular kiwi fruit. I didn't find a technical source though, only a few web pages stating that fact.

A kiwai fruit cut in half
You can eat the whole fruit, skin included. Miam!

Raspberries

It was a surprise when I saw over a dozen raspberries stems shoot out from the ground in spring. The winter blanket of dead leaves has probably helped.

The stems grew tall, but we had few fruits, just enough to eat on the spot.

The dry summer burnt almost of them.

The autumn water and nice weather, however, brought them back to life!

Black currants

We planted three plants this year and it produces a few fruits.

But like the rest, the lack of water almost killed them. However, the rain of late August brought hope and new leaves bloomed.

We can't wait for the plants to grow so we can have fruits and make tincture from the blossom.

Comfrey

The comfrey was strong again this year.

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Like all the rest, the very dry summer didn't spare the plant, but the very mild autumn so far has helped new leaves to grow.

I transplanted four young comfrey plants near the current compost area. So nice to be able to start reproduction.

Dandelions

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We had very nice and big dandelions instead of the rocket salad (that has died completely, I think). The leaves were large and lasted a few meals in the spring.

The roots are still there, so they will be back next sprint.

Nettles

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They are spreading well. It doesn't excite everyone in the family, but the roots are superficial and the top soil rather soft. So it is easy to move the roots around.

I will probably more of them to the next composting area.

I need to nettles for all sorts of reason: as a natural fertilizer, as food in soup or herbal infusion or even tinctures.

Tomatoes

I purchased four tomato plants. But it wasn't the year for them.

I only picked a few black cherry tomatoes and a nice pineapple tomato.

I think they lacked water in the summer, near the end of July and the beginning of August, when we were not there.

Even if I put in the place the irrigation, the plants had dried up when we came back (and what didn't go eaten by the sheep who made their way in the garden due to my negligence to prevent them from coming in).

We didn't miss the tomatoes. We didn't eat that much, even from our purchases in the local grocery store.

Badgers

OK, those beasts have been generating trouble for two years now...

They are probably looking for food, and they come to the garden to plow the ground, not matter what we planted in it.

Last year, the peas had to be replanted three times!

So this year, I've planted almost nothing because I didn't take time to find a solution to repel them.

Only in September, I installed a rabbit fencing where I think the badgers are coming through. We have fencing all around the garden because of the sheep, but the badgers found a hole big enough to sneak in.

It remains to be seen if I did patch all the holes in the fence...

Next year's plan

I would love to plant more, to start to grow more vegetables to reach some partial autonomy.

I plan

  • to start planting:

    • garlic (from heads purchased at our organic grocery shop),
    • board bean (Vicia faba L.) to eat but mainly to capture the nitrogen in the air
  • then to continue with all I can plant, from lettuce, to spinach, round carrots and beets.

However, the main job is to bring better soil, maybe even purchase a large amount of compost. It is supposed to cost 115.5 euros, of which the transport will be 75% of the cost for about one ton of 20 mm organic-compatible compost.

To be continued...