Relatively successful despite climate/weather issues.
Labor day wrap up here. I put in a lot less than normal, I have two big areas roughly a 70 x 70 and a 70 x 30 that I didn't plant at all this year, because I saw this big drought coming back in May/June and knew I couldn't keep up.
I concentrated on one main area, my 110 x 100 ish (edges are kind of fluid, grass keeps growing in, then I fix that every few years) area.
Overall, despite the extreme weather, things did pretty well. I was able to irrigate this, and I don't know if it was applications of things to keep deer away or just luck, but almost no animal problems of major significance.
Best tomato crop in probably 5 years. Coming in a little late, some may be heat delay due to the 100s in July. But no animals eating the plants, plus adequate moisture from irrigation, plus actually the hot dry keeping diseases at bay, and they are really nice this year. Corn stalked out at 4-5 feet for the most part, I thought it would be a disaster but made very nice ears. I lost a lot of onions early to rot and cold, but the ones that survived made nice onions. Brassicas, beans, summer squash, eggplant and peppers all good. I didn't do any root crops or get any winter squash planted in the irrigated area. I have about 30 packages of frozen squash from last year in the freezer, so no big deal, less work for me actually.
Turned out better than I would have predicted if you had asked me to predict around the 4th of July.
The only real flop that I regret, none of my potatoes were in the irrigated area,and between drought and early heat, they were pretty pathetic. But you know, no one in this household is starving, so I guess I'll survive the trauma