Well summer is not over yet, but I sure have learned a lot so far. Every year I am taught new lessons about plants, soil, pests, weather, pruning, pinching, fertilizing, and more!
What’s different about this year? Well, I have a blog now!
I will be able to look back at all of my garden pictures and information that I posted about as it was happening. More importantly I will be able to look back at all of the wonderful comments and advice from fellow bloggers!
Here are some of the things I have learned this year:
1. While it was neat starting tomatoes and peppers indoors in February, it was just ridiculously to soon for our zone. Transplanting 3-4 foot tall plants is a pain in the backside. It was nice to get fruit so early, but that was a little nuts!
2. It was backwards to plant lots of shade loving perennials and then decide that the giant maple needed 4 humongous branches cut to keep our house safe during bad storms. Trim tree first…then plant to see where the sun shines!
3. Next year I won’t use a ton of mulch on my strawberries. I had to help every single runner find a spot to root because I was thinking, weeds are bad and water retention is good! BUT…the little runners couldn’t begin their own plants unless I helped them because I used so much darn cedar mulch.
4. Start zucchini, pumpkins, potatoes, and squash earlier. Everyone is harvesting it now in our area except for poor me. Oh well, at least I was the gold medalist for earliest tomatoes and peppers…Umm…refer to number 1.
5. Next year I will treat the soil and foliage of my roses immediately at first sight of a single Japanese beetle. They are not near anything we eat, and waiting to treat them this year may have cost them dearly for next year.
6. I will not plant the tomatoes and peppers so close together. It’s a literal tomato and pepper jungle. I’m afraid that critters are living under the large canopy of fruit and branches now, and am making my husband dive in to harvest them for me! On the plus side, we have already picked about 40 pounds with a lot more to come!
7. I won’t ever start coleus from seed again. It took forever to germinate and once it did, took constant care to really get going. (it’s fine now.) From now on I will stick with cuttings that take root within a couple of days and are good to go!
8. Next year I’m defiantly going to invest in some self watering planters. With the drought and heat here in IL, I have had to water potted plants 2 and sometimes 3 times a day!
Surely I will be adding to this list! There is still much left to harvest, and much more to learn. Thanks to all my garden friends!