Essay time!

(Zone 7a)
There are a total of 49 votes:

I added a new garden. (what kind?)
(9 votes, 18%)
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I added a new feature or piece of artwork. (show us!)
(5 votes, 10%)
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Veggies...lots of veggies!
(6 votes, 12%)
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I battled ____ (fill in the pest or weather condition)
(15 votes, 30%)
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Just the usual, nothing new here.
(10 votes, 20%)
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Other. (tell us!)
(4 votes, 8%)
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Previous Polls

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

this has been, by far, the best summer ever (8 yrs.) here in my neck of the woods. the whole time it was so hot up north, we had cooler than normal temps. we were also gifted with normal summer rainfall (which usually means a quick downpour every afternoon).
i seem to have gotten the worst of my enemy pests under some kind of control (spinosad and the ever present castile soap) and my garden has looked pretty darn good throughout and the plants all seem happy....
if plants are happy, i'm happy.

Calgary, Canada

Quack grass and Bind weed are my battle this year.

(Zone 4b)


Calgary, Canada

Yes, and lack of rain.
It is a full time gardening job to keep everything watered.
I keep most of the containers watered,but now some of the small hanging baskets
are drying out. Next year, I will use only the larger hanging baskets. They will be lined with plastic
and use the moisture retaining potting soil. They will be mulched on top too.

Somerset, KY(Zone 6b)

I've been gone for a year to Calif. Now I'm back home and the people who said they would take care of my garden for me DIDN"T keep their word. Now I have to battle the weeds and reclaim my garden. Roundup where are you?

Jasper Co., MO(Zone 6b)

I vote for Just the usual, nothing new here...

(Zone 7a)

I voted Battled...the heat, the drought. It was just horrible this year. Now, it's Sept. and we're still above normal heat and below normal precipitaion.

Deep Run, NC(Zone 7b)

I've added an addition to my greenhouse where I grow orchids, orchid cactus, and a few other plant types. I really enjoy this hobby and have about 500 orchids and orchid cactus represented!

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Anderson, IN(Zone 6a)

Drought !
orchidman1; Orchids are beautiful We only get a few that grow wild like Lady Sliipper,,Only I have been to Florida and a few greenhouse displays ,just to see them.
Just a curious light question,are the doors open while you work so Hummingbirds might visit? Kind of a humorous question though, I know.
I imagine with near 500 , you might be one of the benefactors displaying at some of the shows.


Battled - lack of rain/City cutting off our water for four days...... Then the rains/winds came, with hail. Had hail the size of golf balls and sometimes baseballs. It was a nasty year in our end of the city.

small town, MN(Zone 4b)

We had rain this summer off an on but very unusual long streches of very hot weather making it impossible to work outdoors with the swarms of mosquitoes.

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

I added a new raised bed for my dahlias. I had a kidney shaped bed in the front yard but wanted one just for dahlias (may add lilies also). So I had a 2' wide arc shaped bed put in with a 3' path between.

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Victoria Harbour, ON

New metal art piece for 2012...

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(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

what cool art pieces. I bet the birds move with the wind on the counterbalance.

Victoria Harbour, ON

Thank you, yes they balanced that they move quite easily in a simple breeze! Each year I add several pieces..just ordered from same artist a metal girl, dimentional, arms outstretched holding a butterfly.

Love your dahlia's and yet have never planted them.

Nineveh, NY(Zone 5a)

Tarnished plant bugs! Cost me some money too!

Victoria Harbour, ON

Have some of those as well..if I get the chance will post

Madison, IL(Zone 6b)

This summer has been a BIG challenge. I battled drought, extreme temps, squash bugs, & cuke beetles. My veggie garden survived, but production was extremely low. I was vigilant and conquered the squash bugs by hand picking & smashing them. Then the cuke beetles tried to take over just as the heat & drought subsided. More smashing, using rotonene, & kaolin clay. I'm optimistic about my Fall crops. The garden varieties that survived the heat, drought, pest attacks, & kept producing have a permanent spot in my garden.

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

After seven years of fighting the evil Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon' I finally won the war. Sweet relief.

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Hooo-Waaaaa! to all the soldiers against the pests and vissitudes of nature. You have my total admiration.

Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

I added raised beds in the side yard for veggies, but with the heat production has been sparse. Cooler temps are around the corner and my Fall garden should do much better.

Las Vegas, NV(Zone 9b)

squash beetles.

(Debra) Derby, KS(Zone 6a)

lasagna bed just laid down whole newspapers, layered with garden/potting/ backyard compost and red mulch...watered it everyday, my impatiens are just now starting to bloom, weird weather, weird temps, no rain, tornado winds, and worst insect pest of this year.. mites on everything!
oh, I have started using sunflowers with my arbors for added morning glory support. tying them down and trimming is a fun thing to do, sitting under it is even better.

Sun Lakes, AZ(Zone 9a)

I battled wind with dust storms. But at least this summer they brought some rain too. Last year it was just wind and dust.

Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

I just lost all my pumpkin vines to sucking bugs.

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