Garden September 2016 – The Dark Side

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!

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Some parsley and what was a very cool 4 foot amaranth plant.

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I believe that is marjoram and in the corner was a beet, but it didn’t survive the digging pests.

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I do love my marigolds, they just keep on keeping on.

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The 9 foot amaranth that finally fell over in a rain storm.

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The well weeded (WINK) butterfly/milkweed bed. OH the pods!!

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Today the corn came down, the marigolds were trimmed, but now I am too tired to go take a new picture. 🙂

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Post Carrot pulling.

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Fennel DID NOT do well in this pot.

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The grass is always greener in a tea pot…look so cool.

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This was full of gladiolus and then it blew off the deck in a rain storm and this is the final stages of being done.

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I’m sure some of that is weed, but there is an herb in there, might be mint.

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No drainage in this pot so it’s been stunted Cosmos all summer.

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Herbs and weeds and it used to have some cool stuff in the top but I forget what it was.

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This pot has seen a lot of action this year. It had peas, sunflowers, lavender, sweet potato, kale LOTS OF KALE.

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It had a gladiolus in it until I accidentally broke it off and now it’s a rock garden.

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I think that is some kind of basil or sage, not sure.

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In September and new tomato flowers and a few peppers still on the go!

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Growing snapdragons is so fun, and even cutting them off does not dampen their spirit.

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It was dahlias and sunflowers and something else…and then a squirrel dug it up and half of it died…idiot.

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There was a strawberry plant, it died. There were potatoes, they were delish. There was dill, it died.

Garden Sept 2016

The grapevine is coming down this winter. It has lived a good life.

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