Garden Journal Entry #10: A Very Quick Review of 2015
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April 23, 2016
What a year.
If I've learned anything in public writing, it is that pretending, in writing, that real life doesn't exist on the other side, is a never ending pursuit of futility. I realize my last garden journal ended with mulching my raised beds in May, and I never updated again after that.
I did take pictures.
I'd love to go back and retroactively publish a few more entries to prove that I was still around all summer and my garden wasn't completely forgotten.
But I'm not going to do that. Instead, I'll do my best to give a brief summary of everything that went undocumented last summer, and make a pledge to do better this summer. Thanks for sticking with me!
May 10, 2015
Things I Need To Remember
- It was a very hot and very dry summer and I didn't water the garden nearly enough.
- I need a better watering system, in general, and it might in fact be too sunny in the back yard for many of my plants.
- Need to finish landscaping the entire garden area.
- Would like a strawberry bed at some point with a mesh cover.
- Compost pile is big, probably cooking nicely, and a horrible eye-sore.
May 24: Compost Pile
Thoughts on Tomatoes
- Most of them died mid-July, for lack of water.
- Cherry tomatoes (Jess's transplants) were the most abundant and were still producing well into November.
- Bird netting worked well over cherry tomatoes with a round tomato cage.
- Future plans: all tomatoes and basil in small raised bed.
Thoughts on Zucchini
- Obviously easy and completely out of control.
- Never did figure out how to train it up the trellis (research that more).
- Spiralizing worked especially well for yummy main dishes and freezer prep.
- Pick small, or use large zucchini for baking only.
July 9, 2016
Thoughts on Okra
- 2 plants choked out initially by squash - replant to other bed made for slow growth.
- All 4 plants produced well into November.
- Pick while fruit is small.
- Chop the tops for wider growth - plants got much too tall to reach.
Thoughts on Broccoli
- Broccoli worms. Gross.
- Needed to plant earlier. Bolted very early.
- Don't bother with this again.
Thoughts on Potatoes
- Try again!
- Need more water!
- New location...
July 24, 2015
Thoughts on Herbs
- Move all herbs to front.
- Basil - easy, over productive, fresh and good all summer.
- Peppermint - dried a bunch and stored in a jar.
- Lemon Verbena - killed it; if I find another one, keep indoors (bathroom) to stay alive.
- Need more oregano - slow and not much growth for 2nd year in a row.
- Rosemary - totally still alive but I never use it. Rosemary bread? Rosemary infused kombucha? Rosemary infused olive oil?
A Few Final Thoughts For Upcoming Season
- Mint? I say this every year, but it should be easy and I could probably add it to kombucha, tea, and cucumber water, in addition to my once a season mojito.
- Try cucumbers up the trellis.
- SIP system in small raised bed.
August 24, 2015
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