After having my husband in emergency surgery, then kept in the hospital for two weeks now, I just want to appreciate him, our Smitty (the dog), family and friends. Every now and then we all need to be hit over the head with a trowel to teach us the important things in life.
I'll use more mulch to cut back on weeding. It's worked so well and I wish I had done it right from the start, using it three inches deep. Mostly I have only the tiny clover to weed. We do have three gardens with absolutely no weeds, not even the clover. I'd like to expand on that!
I resolve to keep the garden on auto-pilot and enjoy the colorful foliage my copperleafs provide year-round. With colorful foliage, you don't have to pray for blooms. Yes, Sir! Auto-pilot it will be for me in 2013. In other words, business as usual here in South Florida; fertilizer, sunlight and water when needed. I feel a Happy New Gardening Year coming on.
I vote other. I spent 30 years getting this place looking nice. Now it is time to sit back & enjoy it. I have a great helper that started last year & will continue this coming year. She does a very nice job of keeping everything looking good.
The market garden is pretty much my son in charge. I will be doing the large tractor work.
Happy New Year to all.
CountryGardens, I love the garden with all the rocks!
I need to work on only planting what I can care for. I have about 20 tropical hibiscus in pots that all need to be watered a lot during the summer and I tend to get lazy about that when it's in the 90'd with 90% humidity. I was better last summer than in years past. Hopefully I can keep that trend up!
I just desire to have another good year...changing nearly nothing. I just ordered some Valencia peanuts for a bit of variety. Peanuts have grown well in the past, but always needed some more time to finish up those longer season Virginia peanuts..
I voted other. I'm only planting what I can take care of, have more contingencies in place ahead of time, and have seedlings in process at all times, so as soon as something comes out, something new can go in.
I'd like to have something growing on each of our 285 growing days!
I will concentrate on corn, squash, and pole beans in the greenhouse (in other words, the Three Sisters system). The greenhouse extends the season about 2 months, but until I get a rocket mass heater in there, it's a no go for year-round. I had some disappointments in 2012 (lost my 'baby' dogs, one was sixteen, the other 9 yrs old and lost many plants in the greenhouse due to extreme temps outside), but many more blessings. Resolutions? I pray that we're all more resolute at growing gardens and helping and encouraging others to do that, too. CAN'T WAIT to grow the yellow Brandywines!! It doesn't take much to make me excited, does it? I don't usually make resolutions, just keep on plugging away at tasks at hand, keeping an eye on the bigger picture.
Love you guys. Happy New Year!
pirl, he looks like a real nice guy, I wish you both well.
I voted plant only what I can take care of cuz that was the closest answer to : Plant in the veg garden only what will grow and be used. Stopp goofing off with oddball things and orphan plants that nobody else wanted either . Make my veg garden pay for itself for once!
Growing anything you can freeze or preserve is well worth it. Things like lettuce have to be used fast but it tastes so good from your own garden that there's no problem eating it as long as you don't grow too much.
All excellent choices, but I went with planting more natives. That has been my focus for the past couple years and I see that continuing as I try to create a good transition between my flower beds/yard with the outlying fields and woods.
Growing anything you can freeze or preserve is well worth it. Things like lettuce have to be used fast but it tastes so good from your own garden that there's no problem eating it as long as you don't grow too much.[/quote]
And fresh green beans! I've lost almost all tolerance for frozen and cheap canned ones- and the fresh were pricey last year here.
I'm relatively new at gardening. This year will only be my 2nd & I have gathered a lot of valuable information from the internet and Dave's Garden to practice this time around. I'm already an compulsive weeder and deadheader. I never sweat the small stuff and my family already thinks I enjoy my gardens too much LOL I have no room for vegetable gardens or fruit trees and I planted a ton of natives last summer. My 2 yr old grand-daughter and I LOVED all the butterflies and hummingbirds this year! Therefore, I voted for only planting what I can take care of, and I want to add, to plant them in areas where they belong and NOT where I need a splash of color or where I think they would look best.
Gardening is like the rest of life...LIVE AND LEARN.
when the weather gets hot, I tend to avoid going outside and the part of my garden that is not in the raised beds goes wild. (Uh, that part is called weeds!) I want to get a bettr solution to that because I dont like it to look unsightly. Mowing and weed whacking is not the solution. I just will not do that when it gets hot no matter how bad it looks. I think Im going to do something like planting around the edges like shrubs or berries or something and mulch it to keep down the weeds. I dont have a problem tending the raised beds but the other part gets way ahead of me. That's what I'll work on this year.
I voted "plant only what I can take care of" because our serious drought
conditions continue in New Mexico. In our hot, dry climate all plants need
a lot of water and I think our watering restrictions will continue for quite
a while. I will plant tomatoes in containers though. It's the only time of
year we have edible tomatoes. The store tomatoes are terrible.
I don't make resolutions I make plans and I plan to keep doing what I do only do it better more volunteer work and get even more involved in my Community the other plan is the Hugelkulture beds June this might be something you would be interested in as it is touted as a water saving method and I am sure we will find out more as the summer draws closer We have been tossing this subject around for a couple of weeks on Texas Gardening
In most beds and all paths I use Crushed Pine Needles - photo #1. It locks in place and even during the storm, Sandy, with high winds, it did not blow around at all.
Shredded Straw was used for the vegetable garden with great success. It's soft, silky, doesn't blow around and feels like the old Ivory Flakes. It can be turned into the soil at the end of the season - photo #2.
For odd places and to test it out, I used Pine Bark Mulch this past year and I do like it. Photo #3. Probably best used on level ground.
Thanks, Sally. I forgot the wood chips we use for the asparagus garden. The actual asparagus areas are covered with many inches of our own compost. I didn't like the wood chips (photo #1) so I tried and nixed the crushed pine needles (photo #2), then I switched to pine nuggets. Both the chips and the nuggets allow too much soil and weed seeds to blow in them so the result (as you'd guess) is too many weeds. Now I'm using pine bark MULCH (3" thick) for the paths.
Regardless of the work involved it's all worth it - photo #3.
frogymom - hope you're feeling better very soon.
Reynardine - get well soon. The flu is no fun.
Speediebean - he is a sweetheart. Thank you for your prayers.
I voted "other". This year I plan on just enjoying my gardening. When I go out that front door to "work" in the garden, well it's going to be more like "play".
I will do a little on the chores that need doing and then do what I really want to do. Whether that's replanting something or weeding something. Yes, I'm a real sicko, I like to weed. Maybe that's because I have sooo much raking to do in my yard, I'm so sick of raking. We refer to it as "rakercise" around here.
My tree complaint is California live oak. They are wonderful shade making trees but drop leaves 24 hours a day 365 days a year. And then there are the years when they drop acorns, millions of them. One year I determined it was like 1 acorn an inch, that's just unnecessary. Of course they are a protected tree and you aren't supposed to cut them down without a permit. How about a heavy prunning . . .
I'm shooting for quality this year. I plan to focus my attention on fewer plants giving them more tlc. I don't want to become a plant hoarder which ultimately leads to plant neglect. Happy gardening in 2013 and may you have the best one yet!
I actually voted for plant a veetable garden and fruit trees ,because that is one I know I will keep and I started some peach/nectarine trees from seed last winter and they will have to be moved as they are to close together as they now stand..Who knew that so many of the seed would actually come up ..PS should have seperated the peach from the nectarines I can't tell them apart
Grits, you can't tell them apart because they're the same. A nectarine is nothing but a peach that shaved. All nectarines are peaches, even though not all peaches are nectarines, and the seedlings of either can turn out to be the other.