While I did not think to take notes of what and how I was planting, I do have a few things worth noting about my first real year gardening.
- When you put seeds in the ground and give them water, they grow. So simple yet so very magical…
- Plants grow really big. I now know that I planted too many things way too close to one another.
- Nothing I built prepared me for how these cucumbers would sprawl…
- I planted two types of tomatoes three ways. Some seeds were started indoors then transplanted to the ground – others went in buckets. I also planted some seeds right in the ground. Transplants into the ground are doing the best.
- Herbs bolt. I didn’t even know what that word meant. It means that the plant starts to flower and the taste changes. My cilantro bolted early. Best thing to do is to sow seeds at different times so they don’t all bolt at once.
- Next year I will plant a better and more functional variety of herbs. I don’t even like parsley and I have no idea what to do with that pretty purple sage.
- I should have bought 50 lavender plants instead of just one.
- The Indian Poona Kheera cucumbers I planted (from The Seed Savers Exchange) can be eaten at any stage. They seem to have more flavor when they are smaller. The skin turns brown like a potato when ripe. (Shown in my hand above.)
- Some tomatoes bear all their fruit at once. I sure hope the ones I’m growing don’t do that.
What have you learned about your garden this year?