Can I Get A ‘Do-Over’?

Monday, April 16th, 2012

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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Because I Dared To Dream…

Friday, April 9th, 2010
As you can see, we're tweaking the garden. I didn't want to unveil the new design until everything was perfect but I thought you might like to see what I'm ranting about.

As you can see, we're tweaking the garden. I didn't want to unveil the new design until everything was perfect but I thought you might like to see what I'm ranting about.

I woke up to this mess this morning!!

Okay, I know, I should have expected this…and I kind of did.  When I sowed my arugula, mesclun, mustard, raab, spinach, peas, beets, carrots, and radishes this and last week, I knew I was taking their life in my hands (literally).  But hey, I’m a gardener aka an optimistic fool.  It is in my nature to rush the spring, to turn my face to the sun, to stroke the earth…to BELIEVE.  And if this is the worst that can happen…well, that’s not going to stop this hardcore optimist.