Garden Reflections 2008


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Now that the gardens are put to rest for the season, it is time to reflect on all that has taken place while it is still fresh in my mind.  Keeping a blog, an online journal, is a definite plus and will be a key factor in planning for next year.  This year has been a first in many areas for me.  It is the first year I attempted to garden down South, first year I grew such a vast amount of flowers, first year I had so many dogs (4) and the first year I kept a blog!

A rare quiet moment for two of our dogs

Frankie the dog

I made some grand discoveries while experimenting with the gardens – I have two up North where I spent most of my time and one down South along with flower gardens in various areas.  The challenge down South was planting items that would require minimal care.  I am hopeful the coneflower, yarrow, lavender, roses, blueberries and asparagus will greet me next spring. 

The luffa did flourish and is now drying on racks until the time I can peel the outer skin to reveal the sponge inside.  I know they would have grown much heartier if I were there to water them on a regular basis.  The months of July and August seem to be very, very dry and hot!  I realized the frost dates both North and South are right around the same time, only a 5 day difference this year.  I initially thought I had a longer growing season down South but that isn’t the case.   The winters are milder and that is the major difference weather-wise.  Fall is simply gorgeous!

Fall color 2008

7/21/2010 7:40:16 PM

Deb, I've read in the past about planting things in the garden to help detur the bugs that seem to devour the garden. Any suggestions or advise. Thanks Carla

2/24/2010 11:03:10 AM

Thanks for sharing Debbie! Just planted 50 Thai Burapa Hot Peppers today and the sweet peppers are on their way....but with all the snow I have, I wonder if they will make it to spring? Do you have any experience with holding the plants inside? I wonder if they will get long and stringy like tomato plants? /Jessica

Robyn Dolan
11/20/2008 7:49:15 AM

Hi Debbie. Wow, can't wait to hear more about your gardening and experiments. I sure have alot to learn about gardening. Robyn

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