The major difference this year is the raised garden beds and an 8-foot garden fence - it is keeping all of the deer and other garden pests out. In past years we have had to re-plant numerous times - not at all this year!
The beans, cukes, summer squash and zucchini have climbed over and down - and THRU - the fence itself - it is the most amazing thing!
Here's a visual of our rhubarb plants - comparison from four weeks ago to today. Usually the rhubarb is just about done thriving by now, but despite frequent picking, it is more than waist high today!
It has been a bumper-crop year for rhubarb cooking, baking and more jam than you can imagine!
We really are blessed this summer - it has been an optimal growing season, with cooler nights, lots of nice rain in June, and not any big storms at all.
We've been enjoying fresh garden salads almost every lunch and dinner - the kids are loving it! The difference between produce grown and ripened right outside your door, and the hydroponically-grown stuff from the grocery store is just amazingly different.
I fear we are spoiled for life now!