I know that I need to mulch the beds. Completely. Not just half of them. And yet, what do I do? Half. And the weeds take over. And the plants could use a bit of insulation. And it would be good for the soil for the mulch to break down. And I know all these things, but yet... I guess I'm just lazy.
And the vegetable garden! I know I'm supposed to start my fall garden in summer. When it's hot. And I can't imagine being out there. But it's hot. And I can't imagine being out there! So, it doesn't get started and then fall comes - and I realize that I could have had a lot more vegetables if I had started my garden earlier!
When will I learn? Obviously, not this year! Maybe next year? I guess there's always hope!
So, for PlantPosting's Lessons Learned meme for this quarter, I had to really wonder - what have I learned? Anything?
Let me think.....
Yes! I thought of something! Actually, a few things.
|From this past spring. I should have bought more of these!
I learned that buying fall bulbs in July, when they are on sale, is a good thing. And so is picking up even more at the garden center. And buying even more online because the July order might not quite be enough! Actually, I'm not certain I could ever have too many bulbs! Yes, I learned that I love burying that small piece of promise and anticipating the show in spring.
I learned that, even though I consider most annuals a waste of money, I love pansies. It is worth placing and replacing their sweet, cheery little faces in the garden, as they stay happy all winter long, and that makes me happy.
|Sky Pencil in background. See how sad it looks? And this is a 'good' one!
I learned that I need to quit buying Sky Pencil Hollies. (We'll see next spring if I really learned the lesson.) I always buy several, place them together, and then one (or more) die. I don't know why a plant whose tall, thin, evergreen form I find so attractive and useful in the garden is so difficult for me, but I need to just accept it and move on. Even if this plant seems to give no one else any trouble, obviously it has personal feelings of animosity for me!
I learned (and posted) that radishes re-seed easily. Very easily. Very, very easily. And I don't need to have 20 radishes go to seed, unless I want 200 radishes coming up in the fall garden! Oops! That's one lesson I'll definitely remember!
So, I guess I did learn a little bit this quarter! Imagine that! I suddenly feel smarter!