My tomato plants are currently doing the best.
As summer’s end comes closer, I take a look at my garden and am, overall, pretty disappointed. While the growing season isn’t necessarily over, I think my garden’s time is done for the year. I didn’t get much more than a handful of peas and a couple of radishes. My tomato plants, plus a couple of carrot plants, are growing fine for now, but I’m not sure if anything will actually come of them; I think I started them kind of late, and it just might not stay warm long enough for any fruit to grow. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself because it was mostly a learning experience, being my first year with the yard garden, but I also know I really slacked off on it the last few months (and it’s not the only project that’s been suffering, either).
While this bed did the best at the beginning of the summer, it’s really fallen to pieces the last few weeks.
Plans and Goals for next year:
- Don’t get lazy. Of course, this isn’t always predictable, and I certainly didn’t try to ignore the garden, but I did, and it came back to bite me in the end. There’s barely more than some wilted, dried up greens in most of the garden beds, and it’s kind of hard to argue against it being mostly my fault. I just wasn’t a good plant mama this year, that’s all.
- Go bigger. Even when I started this year, I already planned on adding more beds next year, and now I’m thinking about a variety of other vegetables I want to add, especially squash, cucumbers, and pumpkins. I also want to go with at least one other kind of tomato (this year I did a cherry, I think). I’ll probably try again with the veggies that didn’t do so hot this year–spinach, radishes, peppers–and work on new approaches to each of them. I also think next year’s bed will probably be 8-10′ by 4′, and I also might add two more 4′ by 4′ beds. I don’t know yet. I have a lot to read and plan and think about.
- Rearrange. I wasn’t quite content with the layout I had in the beds this year. I don’t think I used all the space to its potential, so on top of adding more beds, I want to take a good look at how I laid out the two I had this year and do a bit of adjusting and reading up on what grows nicely together.
And as a bonus, my other gardening goal for next year is to put a bee garden out by the front porch, along the walkway. I was hoping to get to it this year, but I didn’t actually know where to put it until recently.
Again, I’m trying not to be too hard on myself (and, in a bit of a trend, failing, because I’m just naturally hard on myself). It was my first year working on this, and I knew it was going to be learning experience. I just wish I didn’t feel quite so jealous when I saw other people’s harvests, but I guess that’s the chance I take following other gardeners on Instagram. It certainly isn’t keeping me from trying again next year, though. As you can see, my plans are already even grander, so I think maybe everything will turn out just fine next time around.