I had to take a hiatus from blogging – started a new job with a steep learning curve – but you didn’t miss much in my garden last season. Spring was cold and rainy so the mosquitoes were horrendous and the aphids prolific. I put in the garden about 6 weeks too late so the tomatoes didn’t ripen well before the first frost. The slugs chewed up every broad-leafed vegetable I planted because I just didn’t have time to constantly troll for them. And it wasn’t just the insects and diseases my plants had to contend with – they also had to compete with each other for space and nutrients. And when it’s a battle between the zucchini and the carrots, guess who’s going to win?! I have to say, though, it’s impressive what my poor little neglected garden was able to produce despite my absence and the horrible weather.

2011 Season...Yes, I know it looks lush but where's all the fruit?

2011 Season...Yes, I know it looks lush but where's all the fruit?

So, despite my threats to turn to plastic plant gardening, last year’s little successes have encouraged me to get back in the garden again (and, hopefully, back to blogging) because, as we all know, gardeners are an optimistic lot – and there are so many things I still haven’t tried growing yet like strawberries from seed…and Brazilian verbena…and tuberose…and black radishes…and purple carrots…and there are some interesting new/old lettuce varieties…

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Posted Monday, April 16th, 2012 at 7:23 am
Filed Under Category: Growing, Maintenance, Planning, Random Thoughts, Snapshots
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Responses to “Can I Get A ‘Do-Over’?”

David Papas

Same thing has happened to my fishtank. I really need to do something about that. ;-)

Kirsten

Sometimes other things seem more important, right? I think that this year I’m going to focus more on bringing ease to my gardening. For example, I’ve decided that even though the sweet peas and Brazilian verbena are supposedly hardier when started inside, it’s a lot easier for me to direct sow them into the ground – for me, it’s worth the risk.

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