This was the garden year 2017

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The garden year 2017 had a lot to offer. While in some regions the weather made abundant harvests possible, in other parts of Germany they were a bit meager. Influenced by the subjective feeling and the own expectations, the answers to the question "What did your garden year look like?" often very different. So one gardener is disappointed due to high expectations, while the other garden lover is happy about his manageable yields. Even in 2017 there were big differences within Germany, although the garden year for everyone actually started the same.

From the coast to the Alps, most could look forward to a mild March and early spring. Unfortunately, however, the good weather did not last very long, because already in the second half of April, there were significant night frosts, which made especially the fruit blossoms to create. Then there were two climate regions in Germany in the summer: In the south of the country it was extremely hot and dry, while it was only average warm in the north and east, but it rained very frequently. Both parts of Germany had to contend with difficult weather phenomena; in Berlin and Brandenburg, the heavy rainstorm marked the garden year at the end of June, in the south there was subsidence from heavy thunderstorms with hail and local storms. Even the gardens of our community were exposed to the uncontrollable weather. What effects they had to contend with and what successes were shown, read below.


Difficult weather phenomena such as heavy rain, thunderstorms and hail threaten the harvest

Rich harvest thanks to a lot of rain

Most members of our community rejoiced over a "giant" pickle harvest in 2017, as Arite P. describes. She harvested a total of 227 cucumbers of the variety 'Cordoba'. But Erik D. can not complain. He was happy about 100 cucumbers. But not only cucumbers could be harvested abundantly, also zucchini, pumpkin, carrots, potatoes and chard grew optimally up, because by the rain in central Germany, the soil was evenly moist and perfect for the mentioned vegetables. Southern German gardeners were not so lucky with their carrot harvest, because they lacked the rain and the carrots became straw.

Great tomatoes and herbs in the south

tomato harvest

Tomatoes develop especially well when allowed to grow in a warm, sunny spot. An invigorated season usually destroys the harvest

With the tomato harvest, our community has had very different experiences. Jenni C. and Irina D. complained about their pest-infested tomatoes and Jule M.'s tomato plants were "in the bucket". The situation was quite different with gardeners from Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Austria; they were able to enjoy high-aromatic tomatoes, crunchy peppers and healthy Mediterranean herbs. Because the relatively hot and dry summer offered wonderful conditions for a successful tomato harvest, even if the frequent pouring was often tedious.

Bad fruit harvest

apple harvest

There were hardly any plump, delicious apples in this garden year, because the late frosts have caused considerable damage

The fruit harvest in the garden year 2017 was a big disappointment almost everywhere in Germany. Anja S. could not reap a single apple, Sabine D. has found a suitable name for it: "total failure". This was due to the late frosts that froze a large part of the fruit blossoms in Central Europe at the end of April. It was already clear at the beginning of the year that the harvest would probably be very bad. Normally, only early flowering plants such as apricot trees are endangered in late frosts, because apples and pears open their flowers only in April and are thus spared by the cold. This year, however, two unfavorable weather phenomena were the reason for the fruit bankruptcy. The unusually mild early spring attracted the trees and plants early from the hibernation, so that the late cold directly hit the sensitive trees. Due to the destroyed flowering plants no fruit formation could take place. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture declared this year's fruit harvest to be one of the weakest in recent decades.

Gorgeous berries

Johannis, Heidel-, Him- and Blackberries brought a little consolation, because they thrived magnificently. Because the middle and late varieties had opened their flowers only after the cold snap and thus saved a lush harvest. Sabine D. had three varieties of currants, strawberries, "masses" of blackberries and blueberries, Claudia S. described her strawberry harvest as "bombastic".

Unwanted snails


Nudibranchs are unpopular guests who often care about the planted vegetables.To prevent a snail plague, you should use slug pellets in good time

Isa R. had no luck in the garden this year: "No cherries, little raspberries, little hazelnuts, too cold, too wet, too little sun." Simply put, too many extremes and the rest have been destroyed by the slugs. " Already relatively few snails can cause a lot of trouble and frustration. Each year and in each region there is at least one period in which perfect conditions for the unpopular living beings prevail. So the snails prefer warm-humid weather, because then plenty of food grows and the animals can multiply rapidly. Rich snails in turn lay many eggs and do not dry eggs in a humid environment so that many animals hatch. In such cases, only slug pellets, which already decimates the first generation in March / April, often help the gardeners to avoid the biggest plague.

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