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Time for Change + Garden Notes

by Margaret on September 1, 2011

 

September: Time for change.

Time to switch up schedules and routines as kids get off to college/school.

Time to temper one seasonal obsession (tomatoes) for another (corn.) Well, maybe not. Obsess as long as you can. Time to get your fill of summer’s last crops.

And, time to take notice of your garden’s failures and successes and make notes in your garden journal.

 

What will you grow again next year?

What plants are no longer welcome in your yard?

What gardens inspired you this summer?

I was inspired by a vegetable garden in the yard of a home in Jackson, New Hampshire. I stayed there with my family for a week of hiking, water falls and hidden water holes.

And Flatbread. Oh, my.

 

 

The homeowner’s vegetables grew unencumbered by a fence. Waves of zucchini and pumpkin vines framed one access to the plants, and packed earth lead up a hill to another.

Every day I picked a cucumber, some greens, a handful of beans. I loved the freedom of access from any point I chose. No gate. No fence. This is how farmers must feel in their fields.

So, I decided that my small garden will no longer be fenced in. Instead, I plan to weave favorite vegetables in the spot of sunlight I have left, my inspiration no longer dictated by the confines of a fixed, square space.

To make more room, I’ll create my cutting garden along the picket fence bordering my yard where sun-loving perennials bask in a warm blaze most of the day.

 

 

But that is next year’s plan.

Today I will plant lettuce in my raised bed that held my summer tomatoes.

I’ll weed.

I’ll rip out the unwanted.

This weekend I’ll record my crop’s failures and successes.

Change is good.

SUCCESS:

New raised bed can now be replanted with greens.

Raised herb bed once again out-performed any other plot in my landscape.

FAILURE:

Tomatoes in new raised bed fell over mid-season because creative tomato stakes weren’t strong enough.

NOTE: Need to make the stakes taller and use more than three per plant.

NOTE: Jaunes Flammes were delicious even though the plant flopped over. Replant next year and try again.

 

FAILURE:

Sea of heirloom (Cheese) pumpkins still thriving while the vine continues to wrap itself around anything within reach, yet only one large pumpkin can be found.

NOTE: Don’t grow pumpkins unless you have tons of sun and room to allow the plant to grow with abandon.

FAILURE:

Damn bunnies ate most of my zinnia seedlings.

NOTE: Move the black rubber snake more often to scare off the rabbits. Worked last year.

FAVORITE VARIETIES:

Tomato: Jaunes Flamme (pictured above)

Herbs:  Rose Basil. Try Genovese Basil next year, the ideal plant for pesto.

MUST TRY:

Tasted and fell in love with Black Cherries while in NH. Replace the Sweeties with Black Cherry. Maybe experiment with Brown Cherries as a back up.

Time to grow cucumbers. Like tomatoes, I eat them everyday.

2 Comments
  1. Yes, there’s always next year to plant something new, or tried and true. My inspiration comes from other bloggers sharing their experiences, thanks for sharing yours.

    • Margaret permalink

      I hear you on the tried and true! Though this year I experimented with my tried and true and it failed me (move my sun gold cherries to spot they didn’t like).

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