This year, many of my New Year's resolutions had to do with gardening. I've only been working in my garden for four years, and for the first two of those years my time was limited so I didn't do much more than grow some peas and zucchini, plant a few annuals out front, and prune the roses that came with the house. Last year, I was able to devote a little more time and I learned quite a bit. I grew zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, a few herbs, and four different tomatoes. I also started lots of annual and perennial flowers from seeds and tended them indoors until the time was right for them to go outside.
Nearing the end of summer, I began thinking of how I could do things differently and better the next time around. This year I hope to plant a bigger variety of vegetables and I look forward to seeing the perennials I started from seed last year reappear. If I can find the time and energy (or help) I'd like to start some new vegetable beds along the edges of our back yard.
I love cottage gardens and I would like to someday work toward having one. For now though my front garden sits like a little oasis on a field of grass. I planted cottage garden type plants in the little oasis but I know I have a long way to go. But I like to look at my flowers, herbs and tomatoes out there even though they are not surrounded by a lovely brick or stone wall. I plan to post photos as things start to grow.
First, I'll start with a few of my survivors:
We had a fairly cold winter with a lot of snowfall for this area. I was surprised by a couple of my little plants that made it, though maybe with a bit of damage.
Here is a parsley I planted in a container July 2008. It lived through a foot of snow being piled on top, and a few smaller snowfalls after that. Last week, I harvested most of it to add to a lasagna.
Then there is the primrose that barely survived. You can tell I have a slug population, but nonetheless, this little flower is ready for another spring!
What a tough little flower.