2021 was a season of new beginnings, starting with brand new layouts for the garden and beds this spring. Aside from our usual gardening tasks, we dug lots of new garden ground, removed lots of rocks, transported the compost across the garden, built a stunning stone drywell and center area edge wall, and a metal scaffold for the tomatoes.
The weather was relatively dry in spring, followed by a summer of regular rain and reliable warmth until late in the season. Hurricane Fred mixed things up in August, washing playground mulch and stone dust into – and straight through – the garden. Warm wet weather led to a bumper crop of garden pest insects.
2021 was also the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the 2020 lockdown, we felt especially fortunate to welcome three new gardeners to the crew. We documented our progress on accessibility improvements, and returned to hosting visitors on Field Day.