I have fallen off the blogging earth! And if it wasn’t so DARN nice outside I would be able to keep up with all the blog posts I have waiting in the wings. I will be blogging about summer when it’s blowing snow outside and maybe that will be very refreshing. ha!
My veggie garden is just about done for the year. I am eager to clean it out and cover it up with leaves but there are still a few things hanging on including the garlic bulbs that I planted LAST FALL. I am still not sure what is up with that. Anyways, I am anything if not patient. I’ve stuck my patient self into the garden shot since I thought maybe it might be best that something was actually alive in the shot. :)
I actually don’t really like how things look right now. I hate to say it. Everything is SO MESSY!
The last of the goodies?
My notes and learnings (sometimes I wonder if I will ever learn!) from this year are not that extensive, but here they are.
– Starting seedlings were a bust- Getting them from the greenhouse is the way to go for me based on the size of my garden.
– I didn’t start spinach or onions early (too cold) I missed the spinach, onions were smaller because of that.
– Garlic that I planted in fall 2012 rotted out. Safer bet is a spring planting of garlic so they don’t rot in the beds, although I do have some growing now a year later.
– Soil mixture is still fantastic (for most veggies not all) now on year 3- will add leaves this fall and compost in the spring.
– Added a handful of bonemeal to each plot
– Added 1/2 bag of compost to each 4×4 square (6 bags)
– Planted all greenhouse seedling and seed packets on June 1st
– Plant spacing was overly generous on Smartgardener. Smartgardener.com has added a new add on for purchase of French Intensive gardening (YAY!) which should help everyone get much more out of their garden next year. I will be working on my garden layout for next spring soon! Tomato plants and Broccoli were HUGE space wasters this time around.
– Watering is still an issue. I didn’t use the timer because I was home all summer but it still dried out before I noticed. Not using the timer was a bad idea. The soaker hose layout still needs work. Either a different type of soaker hose or more of them. Squash were misshapen and small (seriously smallest squash I have every seen) because of lack of water.
– Added compost mid june to all plants in the borders (left it late!) and added rose food to roses and sprayed them with natural insecticide from Canadian Tire for worms all over plants.
– Next year will be setting out traps for Japanese beetles early.
It gets easier every year and I am looking forward to next Spring already! (umm, who isn’t? well maybe not on a day like to day but just wait you will!)
Have a Garden Sunshiny day!