|Gardens are always a work in progress, in my case one that always involves rocks.|
1. Grown more flowering annuals from seed, like zinnias and tithonia, (Mexican Sunflowers), and actual sunflowers. One of my favourite things about gardening is being able to make bouquets for the house, and my cutting garden wasn’t up to snuff this year.
2. Started nasturtium and morning glory from seed in pots where they are going to grow, instead of transplanting from cell packs. I bought morning glory plants this spring, and only got my first bloom yesterday (Sept 3rd). Starting from seed where they are to grow may be more successful.
3. Wish I’d not planted cosmos in my vegetable plot as part of my cutting garden. The soil is way too rich for cosmos, giving me only lush leaves all season, with a few flowers just starting to bloom in the last week or so. Same goes for calendula, just leaves so far.
4. Planted my peas earlier in the season. My peas did ok, considering how late I got them in, but I had only a few handfuls of peas and they fried in the heat. Same goes for sweet peas. I didn’t have a single sweet pea for a bouquet this year.
5. Spent more on soil improvement and mulch, and less on plants. At the garden centre, plants are so seductive, bags of manure and mulch are so ho-hum – plus heavy! But I’ve gotta go more for the ho-hum, because the payoff is better in time than adding one more pretty plant.
6. Made actual decisions about what I’m going to grow in the vegetable garden. This year’s keywords were “last minute” and “willy nilly”. Next year I’ll only grow tomatoes and vegetables that I know I’m going to love, instead of grabbing plants here and there at the last minute.
7. Thought more about design and structure in my gardens. I need a master plan for my garden, especially my country garden. Next year I want to start it.