Well, summer is officially over. Time to discuss what went right and what went wrong this season.
I woefully neglected my garden, at the same time, quite ironically, I was making big plans.
I really let the landscape go while I was making future plans and busy with other activities. I looked up one day and felt like I was living in a weedy junkyard! Not terribly glamourous. So I pulled out my boots, gloves, pruners and bug repellent and got to work. I weeded along the front and both sides of the house. The back is on the list, I've got a decent sized tree seedling growing next to the patio.
WHAT WORKED ANYWAY
The basil, oregano and stevia thrived on benign neglect. The four small stevia seedlings have gotten quite large. The oregano spread and grew tall, and the basil is as high as my shoulder. Much more than I have been able to use fresh, so this fall I will be dehydrating my own herbs for the first time. I am inclined to try tying them up in the rafters of the shed my husband constructed for me rather than using the dehydrator. Perhaps both.
The wineberries came in, and we really made more of an effort to get out there and pick, pick, pick. It's rather annoying that nature can't just make all the berries on a particular vine ripen at the same time. We had to keep going back day after day, and naturally we missed a day here and there between activities or it just being a bit to blazing hot some days. We ate lots fresh, dehydrated some and froze a few pints. As I've said before, they are better than raspberries. The husband doesn't think they are worth dehydrating, but I think the flavor is good so I will continue to dehydrate a batch or so a season. I'm planning to use the wineberries in some sort of dessert, come Thanksgiving.
The plans came back from the landscaper, which we will adopt with a few tweaks. We won't be using him, which sent me on a quest to figure out who we will use. It turns out that someone in the neighborhood does this sort of work so he will be helping us out on the project.
Now that it is Fall, it's time to go back to cool -weather vegetables like greens, cauliflower and broccoli. I ripped out the dead plants and weeds in the garden bed and transplanted seedlings. I also sprinkled some lettuce seeds in the bare soil. I'm 4 weeks past when I should have started according to the info on the little packets, but what the hey. Baby lettuce is fine with me. I've been watering it every day and it looks good! I can also walk in my garden again after ripping weeds out of the ground and putting down cardboard.
I've planted pansies in the window boxes of the shed, and ripped up the weeds around the shed to make it a bit neater. That area will be re-done in the fall as well. I would love to get the inside of the shed finished with shelves, paint, and flooring (probably just a roll of vinyl from Home Depot) but I don't know if that is going to happen this fall.)