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What have you learnt this year in the garden?



  • I didn't know sunflowers basically face east and I planted them in a location where they're all standing with their backs to us, smiling cheerfully at our neighbors when they're out on their deck.

     I learned that pennyroyal does NOT make a good ground cover for a small area beside a border full of lovely pebbles... I have been out there every few days with my florist's shears snipping and snipping and snipping. And snipping and snipping and snipping. We paid waaaaay too much money for those pebbles to lose them to the pennyroyal. Now I have to dig it all up and plant it somewhere else.

     I learned that when a seed packet gives directions for planting it's probably a good idea to follow those directions rather than thinking I know better. Not one poppy came up, only one lavender plant made it out of 3 or 4 packets of seeds, I've been secretly hoping I would see some pyrethrum daisies, but I think I'm gonna have to give up the ghost. I will have to plant them all over again next spring, and this time when they say cover them with plastic wrap I'm going to do that!

     I learned that you can't plant seeds and expect to see flowers or pick veggies in a few days, not even a few weeks. It's been over 2 months now and I'm still waiting. When that wise man said "nature never hurries" he wasn't kidding!

     I could go on but it's probably best if I stop right here.

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    What have I learnt.. hmmmmm

    If gonna let them self seed.. to weed out some..

    To stake plants earlier

    To allow things space to grow image

    A large cat litter tray filled with water.. and a smaller upturned same shaped item.. in the middle is good snail trap.. (with a big enough gap the snails cant reach across.. and believe me they can stretch a far bit) and enjoyed watchin the blackbirds coming and taking them. image

    Do not sow direct.

    To harden some off for longer next year.

    There are more.. but i will keep it short image



  • ninnin Posts: 216

    Wow how many of us are turning into homicidal maniacs this year, slugs are really testing so many peoples will to not use pellets.

    Zig zag if sowing direct it might not be your sowing but the slime monsters thats caused what seems like a lack of germination.

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    I think the warm winter has something to answer for regarding those little creatures of the guu Nin. Hopefully a good few inches of snow will stop them in their tracks this winter!

  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,813

    What have I learnt

    Onions and leeks and carrots grown in lines next to each other in a cloche works

    Peas are little tinkers to weed in between

    My Himalayan Honeysuckle this year grew as much in two weeks as it did in 2 years !!

    Not everyone who gives me advice knows what they are talking about !!!

    Allotmenteers are more generous than people outside the Allotment

    Horse Manure is Pure Magic !!

    Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.
  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    After the last few days and struggling to keep compost omits and problems with my tomatoes, I think the biggest thing I have learnt this year now is to use decent compost.

    Next year I am going to try and have my own as much as possible and only buy good quality compost if I need any extra image

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    Wish I had room for compost bin, ol, I had a tiny one but it wasn't really working,my weak area is support, I' m awful, I have to get someone to bring a drill so I never get round to it..I haven't staked anything hence my new peony flopping and snapping, I must get someone to help my tie all my roses in properly, they're all a bit haphazardly done...any takers?!

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    I've learnt to take basal cuttings from delphiniums and soft wood cuttings with rosemary. Also how to grow tomatoes image  Oh and harvesting seeds from more species of plant.Plus the names of plants I've long had in my garden,ID'd courtesy of the good people of these boards. Crikey,quite a bit then image

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    well done fishy

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    Aw thanks rosemummy image

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