I find that I have much more produce in the fall than in the summer, no matter when I put my veggies in. The four hardiest items in the garden at present are the rainbow chard which has produced for months on end, tomatoes, purple bell peppers, and chives.
I fear a tree in the common area behind my house is threatening to make my backyard almost completely shady in another year or two. However, I may have found a new patch. In what I thought was the shadiest area of the garden, some volunteer tomatoes sprung up! They were somewhat spindly, but it’s still nice to know I can expand if I want to. Maybe grow some greens there. I had a lovely native/herb garden but it poorly planned and so I didn’t have flowers and herbs available for my constant use.
The most significant problem I faced in the garden this year was moles/voles. I received tons of suggestions for getting rid of them, but in the end, I did nothing. That meant losing all my radishes, but I don’t like radishes, so I didn’t mind. Another problem was the seeming lack of bees and other pollinators this year. They may have been around, but I just didn’t see them. I believe this is why my cucumbers and squash suffered. I didn’t harvest a single squash or cucumber.
There are still a few weeks left until the first frost and I didn’t plant a winter garden. I’m enjoying the green while I can and thinking ahead to next year’s garden.