I LOVE planting seeds at in the middle of winter in my dining room. I have little pots and propagating things and starter soil, it’s fun. I love it when they get to go outside and start soaking up the real sun and real rain. I really LOVE it when things start to bloom or grow into their own. I like it when summer kicks in and the sun is high and the plants are doing well. I DO NOT LIKE it when the bugs come, the worms come, the mold/mildew/whatever comes and each plant needs more attention than I am willing to give. I am a cruel gardener.
As you can see from the photos below, this is how everything stands today. Empty pots, neglected stems, chopped plants that had seen their finest hour already. It’s not a thriving autumn deck garden…but I might just do something about that!
As for this summer, and this year overall, I decided to just let nature take its course and boy did it. I had about 12 tomatoes out of 30 plants. I had 5 peppers from 20 plants. I had exactly 2 sunflowers out of 2 whole packets of seeds, and the list goes on. These things are what discourages me, I’m still learning to be patient.
What did go well was the Amaranth. I had a 9 foot plant grow all summer, gorgeous, red, and now the seeds are drying in a bag for next year. The seedlings are delicious and when the plant takes off it really really does its thing.
The parsley was so good, and the carrots seemed to grow well, but then it got dry and I neglected them, so their lack of production was my fault for sure.
I have butterfly/milkweed growing and it’s very cool, now it’s about to finish with it’s awesome pods of seeds and I will save them for next year too.
My plan for next year is to do more flowers, no tomatoes, maybe more hot peppers, and limit myself to just a few pots, not 30!