I had certain goals that I wanted to achieve when I planned my garden this year. First of all, I wanted it to grow. Mission accomplished! The last couple of years have proven to be below average for my vegetables. This year I set out to find out the problem(s) and fix it (them). Well, I found a few, such as the soil pH was off and it was very low in nutrients. I corrected the pH with iron and added some 12-12-12 fertilizer about a week before I planted. It made a huge difference, even with the drought this year. I had an abundance of vegetables! The only thing that did not grow at all was my peppers. So, I learned a little about soil and nutrients and how to prepare the soil before planting. I also learned about soil temperatures and different watering requirements. So many vegetables have different pH, soil temperature, nutrient and watering requirements that it is difficult sometimes to find the happy medium. I learned a lot this year about what works and about what doesn’t for different types of plants, so overall it was a fulfilling year for my garden.
Now, my herbs, which all grew in pots on my porch, did fantastic! I have never grown herbs before and had so much fun with them this year. I am also having fun giving them away to people! My husband said he thought they were for us. Well, so did I , but they are so good when they are fresh that I can’t resist sharing with people who I know will appreciate them! I told him that next year, I want a big raised bed permanent herb garden so I can grow a lot more (and give a lot more away). I think I will also still keep some in pots, because they are so pretty on my deck and now in my house. Herb gardening was very satisfying for me! I also learned some new ways to use them in foods and for health. I also learned a couple of methods for drying them.
My flower gardens weren’t a complete washout, but they were less than amazing, mostly due to the drought. I did get a couple of new plants this year that I absolutely love. I finally got a foxglove (digitalis) after many years of dreaming. Hopefully it dropped some seeds and will flower again next year because it is a biennial which means that it only flowers every other year. Did you know that foxglove (digitalis) is what the heart medicine digitalis is made from? Little health fact. I like growing plants that are pretty and also have health benefits, although I won’t be messing with the foxglove, it’s too dangerous. My roses did amazingly well this year and I added a couple new varieties to the mix. I am just learning about roses and don’t know the names or much at all about them yet. I just think they are pretty, and they are a challenge so I have to grow them. My old neighbor said I would never get them to grow right in our soil. Hah! nanananana! I got them to grooow! Childishness over, thank you for letting me get that out. Didn’t have much choice, did you?
This rose still has a bud in November! Until the spring, the garden is tucked in and ready to sleep under a nice blanket of oak leaves.
- soil and roses (islandthreads.wordpress.com)
- Amendments To The (Soil) Constitution (romancingthebee.com)
- Green Thumb 101 – How to Help Your Garden Survive Summer (redenvelope.com)
- Fairy Foxgloves (realruth.wordpress.com)