At the end of every gardening year it’s a good idea to take stalk of what happened and how you feel about your gardening endeavors. Taking loads of pictures throughout the season is a a really good way to help jog your memory in the winter. When I reflect on my garden experience this year a few things jump out at me. I thought I would share my insights and perhaps you will relate as well.
First off is accepting that this gardener is getting older. I have a very large garden which is not likely to change any time soon, so something will have to give. I’ve decided the best approach for next year will to simply not be so anal in the garden. Not every single little weed or leaf has to be picked up, retiring perennials can be cut back when I have the time and energy and I do not need to grow every vegetable for which there is a seed for. I’m going to be more selective in what I grow, be a little messier and spend that saved time sitting and relaxing in my garden. I never just sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labor nearly enough, time to join the boys!
Then there are the deer. We love our deer, we really do. They are beautiful and fascinating creatures.. With so much development going on around us the deer population has exploded in our area. I’ve never minded the deer coming into the garden for a little snip here and there, for many years this arrangement worked out very well for both parties. Unfortunately with the increased population the deer are now eating me out of house and home. We have replanted our garden over the years with deer resistant plants which has helped, but the damage is becoming more than I can take. Part of the farm is deer fenced but it is not practical to fence the entire area. The solution, we cannot continue to be so patient and friendly. They are welcome to the outer acres, but from now on if they come into the garden area around the house, we will have to scoot them off. No more evening conversations, we will now have to bang pots, stamp our feet and yell at them to go. Hope it works!
Pots, I need more pots for the porch. By the time pot planting comes along, I’m usually so entrenched in the main gardens that there just isn’t enough time to do it properly. I mange to pot up a few but it’s always a half hearted job. Come the warmer evenings when we use the porch, I always wish I had done better. My solution will be to plan my pots, prepare them and have them ready to go in the early spring. When it’s warm enough to pot them up, all I will have to do is buy a few plants and pop them in. Also, note to self, fertilize them! Not just once, but through out the entire season. A few hanging baskets would look great too.