The season’s end is in view. Today’s temperatures won’t break 70 degrees. I, for one, am excited by the cool temperatures. It’s so much easier to dig, chop, rake, and all of that other fun stuff.
It’s also reflecting time. What worked in the garden, and what didn’t. I plan on looking back at this post around February, as we gear up for 2019, to remember the garden successes and failures.
Herbs in (Select) Flower Beds
Moving herbs out of the fenced garden was a success. Particularly, moving basil into the front door garden proved brilliant. Our kitchen is smack in the middle of the front and back doors. Herbs repel our furry friends, so no need for a fence. It was easier to cut herbs from the front door rather than walking to the fenced garden and pulling down deer net to get to the herbs. Boo-ya!
Nicotiana Sylvestris and Other White Flowers
Since I hadn’t been starting plants from seed for at least a decade, I’d forgotten about planting Nicotiana sylvestris.
This year reminded me why these plants are a favorite.
They add much-needed vertical height to our front door borders. I don’t smell the “stink” that my friend The Propagator does. And, they show up well from the street.
What’s not to love?
As noted, this was the first year in many that I started plants from seeds. This lovely cosmos bloom, that came with a surprise white heart, reminds me of why starting plants from seed is gratifying.
The CSA Weekly Bag
Looking at this photo, you might think that I was lucky to belong to the CSA program delivering to our church.
Unfortunately, the first week of beautiful produce has yet to be replicated. This particular group opened a brick-and-mortar store in a hip district of downtown Cleveland.
A case of too many irons in the fire, I believe.
It was December when I rushed outside and decided that I should have protected young shrubs.
A trip to the garden center, and then back with plastic netting and bamboo poles. Along with some zip strips, I was able to make some cages for the shrubs. My hands were freezing by the time I finished, and the cages were less than perfect, but they worked.
Since then, I’ve used the netting on borders that are continually ravaged. The net is so fine that you can’t really see it. But, you can see the results. For example, the blooming of fall anemones and physostegia that hasn’t happened in years.
Weather Has Been to Our Lichen
Sure, we had our normal drought, but it came in August rather than July. The tomatoes were bountiful. the blooms non-stop. And, the rain eventually returned. All in all, the weather was good to us.
They say that lichen indicates a happy ecosystem. I just hope it can outlive our current political system.
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