Letting nature take its course on the garden
Embarrassing truth: Gardening just wasn’t a priority at Wayward House this summer.
This fact disappoints even little Scooby.
There was much death, underproduction and waste – of money, water, plants and time.
Fortunately, a few species persisted in spite of my neglect. There was that bumper crop of mutant squash.
And my uncaged, untied, laying-down-on-eachother, half-mowed-over tomato plants managed to produce a bounty that, while very modest, dwarfs our total tomato failure last year.
The tomatoes are so sweet, delicious and few that we have been careful to savor every single one.
A few other plants in the garden still show promise.
Some of the healthiest things seem to be the ones I didn’t even plant. Lots of basil self-seeded from last year.
A rosemary seedling we bought at the Waldo Farmers’ Market seems rather robust.
The only eggplant that remains from my own starts is struggling to survive at the foot of our sad, dead pear tree. The bright purple blooms give me hope.
If the weather cooperates, we could get some sweet potatoes this fall. These vines were started from last year’s huge sweet potato harvest.
Although there are signs of life, this summer’s garden will not go down as a success. I allowed it to get truly wayward, in the bad sense of the word.
So, what’s the takeaway for next time? Simple:
- Focus on fewer species and overall quantity of plants.
- Plan out the design instead of planting willy nily.
- Figure out how to make watering easier so that I don’t get lazy and skip it for too many days in a row.
What brings you success as a gardener? How is your plot looking at this time in the season?
Posted on August 17, 2012, in Dogtography, Gardening and tagged eggplant blossom, homegrown tomatoes, lazy gardener, sweet potatoes, thai basil, volunteer basil, Waldo Farmers' Market. Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.