In a sun-challenged garden, it's not necessary to harvest tons of edibles in order to call it a successful growing year. In the 12 years we've lived in this house and have been attempting to grow veggies, this was a banner year. Our proudest accomplishment was the six or more lbs. of potatoes grown in a potato bag. I planted French fingerling potatoes from Territorial Seed in the cloth bag and by mid-September, we had ourselves a serious clutch of spuds.
We'd grown potatoes before in the bag, but had come away with just a pound of potatoes. Next year, I'll be adding another grow bag to put right alongside the existing one, and perhaps grow sweet potatoes as well.
The two grafted tomato plants were big producers as well, providing enough fruit so that I actually had to blanch, peel and freeze four large bags full. I loved the flavor of the Black Trifele, but much of the fruit had a condition that caused internal white tissue, which is shown and described on the University of Florida Extension website. The disorder looks somewhat unappetizing but didn't seem to have an effect on the flavor, which was excellent. The Legend tomatoes were nice-looking; the early ones were a bit mealy, otherwise nice and juicy.
I'm officially chalking both issues up to the heat and my lack of consistent watering. But I'll definitely go with grafted plants again.
One of these days I'll figure out how to get more than one small serving of green beans at a time. And would it be too much to ask for a nice, big bowl of salad twice a year? Maybe not. But next year, I'll be reminding myself: