Friday, October 25, 2019

Fenton Friday: Gleaning and Clean-Up

Broccoli protected under rowcover cloth.
I usually end the Fenton Friday posts each year when a killing frost hits, but so far we are frost-free. This weekend is our official community garden clean-up and gleaning project, so I'll take that as the "end of the growing season" and make this the wrap up for the year.

We will keep growing our kale, carrots, and spinach. The interns will post here in about 6 weeks about their final results with those crops. I also have broccoli that I will harvest likely around Thanksgiving.

Perennials I am overwintering in the plot are: garlic, calendula, asparagus, and strawberries.

Overall, I think this year was "meh" in the vegetable garden. With all the spring rains and then the late summer drought, I had to skip several crops that I'd like to have planted (melons, pumpkins, etc.) and those we did plant were minimally productive (okra, large tomatoes, etc.) If you are a beginner veggie gardener in the DC area, don't blame yourself if you had a tough go if it - next year is bound to be better!

How was your year overall in edible garden?

About Fenton Friday: Every Friday during the growing season, I'll be giving you an update on my community garden plot at the Fenton Street Community Garden just across the street from my house in zone 7 Mid-Atlantic MD/DC border. I'm plot #16. It is a 10 ft x 20 ft space and this is our 8th year in the garden. (It opened in May 2011.) See past posts about our edible garden by putting "Fenton" into the Search box above.


  1. I was also disappointed by the lack of large tomatoes, though my Roma’s/San Marzanos did very well! Thanks for these posts, your content is so enjoyable :)

    1. Thank you, Alison, and I hope your Romas/SMs at least made good sauce for you!

  2. The cherry tomatoes seemed to do fine but we planted so many of them it's hard to know for sure. The drought was a real drag!

    1. Agreed - the lack of rain was so demoralizing!

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