Not only am I an inconsistent and sporadically passionately gardener (and blogger), there are many things out of my control that effect the outcome of my garden. Weather, soil, sunlight (I'm in Seattle), slugs and other pests, disease and mold, children, wild animals, domesticated animals, semi-domesticated animals (chickens), irrigation and summer vacation all play an important part.
Spring & Summer of 2013 was a huge step forward for my personal fulfillment in the garden.
- Plant hop rhizomes
- Installed a fountain in the now-mature herb garden
- Enjoy the lavender garden, which didn't completely choke
- My roses have been producing
- My chickens are all laying and my coop protected the ladies through the winter (there was a bobcat!)
- I was able to have two, nice, beefy raised garden beds installed.
- I built window boxes with my dad (#1 DAD!)
- I also paid my irrigation guys to retrofit my old sprinkler system to spray these two, new beds.
- Lastly, I bought a single cattle fence panel, clipped off the poky ends and bent it to form an arch. We were able to install it between the beds to make a nice, high arch which now supports pumpkins!!!!
Even if nothing bloomed in the beds, I'd still be winning.
We had friends over and one pointed out my beets. "Your beets are ready. You should pull them before they get too big." I have beets? Huh. Turns out I bought a "salad mix" seed packet and the beets actually grew. Who knew?
Another total WIN, my ginormous sunflowers. I don't know how they got so tall, but they're about 12 feet! They make me happy. So yellow and flowry. I don't know what to do with them except love them.
I put some corn in. It grew to about 4 feet tall max. I think it had to compete with the sunflowers and pumpkins too much. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised in October?
I'm thinking about next year... plotting my garden. I'd like to turn a corner of my "landscaped" yard into an orchard.
I'm a kid on Christmas at the moment, because the new deck is being installed. It's doubled in size, has manufactured wood (no maintenance!!) and will have a metal railing (again, no maintenance.)