End of year celebrations
Saturday, 31 Dec 11 Cloudy -17°C / 2°F
This week has been quite a wonderful week of celebrations. On Christmas Eve, my partner surprised me on a ski by proposing and giving me a “commagement ring.” It’s a commitment ring for now and an engagement ring for when it is legal for us to marry. It has been a great week to share our news. Our families are very supportive and excited for us.
With all the excitement, I still have no desire to catch up on my harvests on folia. I figure when I start planning in Jan/Feb and organizing my stash, that will be when I want to update my harvests. I HAVE made sure that I have my catalogs orders for mid-winter browsing/dreaming/planning.
Here are some of the musings that I posted on the General Chit Chat group about my successes and struggles this year.
1) Just because you CAN grow something doesn’t mean that you SHOULD grow it.
2) Although one can grow almost anything outside your zone with enough planning, pampering and babying, life is SO MUCH easier if you don’t try to push your zones. (See #1)
3) Hope for the best weather conditions, but plan for the worst (thinking of @flowerweaver and her tomato skirts)
4) Snap peas don’t climb teepees like beans do. They need a trellis.
5) Fertilizing using the right nutrients at the right time really makes a difference.
6) Even though I have gotten past thinning plants, I still need to realize that pinching back/pruning my hanging baskets are GOOD FOR THEM.
7) Breathe in the quiet time of winter as much as you enjoy the frenzy of summer.
8) Look outside of your own little garden world. Foraging for wild plants has all the benefits without any of the work of gardening.
9) Predatory Nematodes do a great job at reducing root maggots, but need repeated applications and are VERY expensive.
10) I really don’t want to, but I need to give up on squash (see #2), or try the little pumpkins
11) I need to pre-treat raspberries for whiteflies. I don’t think that they affected the berries, but it was tough to pick with the swarms.
12) Less dill. Who knew that dill grew 6 feet tall and grow new head when pinched back? One would have been plenty.
13) Same amount of broc, garlic and onions.
Tomato 'Cherry' Sprouting and Tomato 'Sungold' Sprouting