As August comes to an end and we adjust
to life as a family of 5 – I am reminded that it is now time again to complete
my annual Successes and Failures list. I have done one of these for 4 years in
a row (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) – this one to be my fifth. I tend to
reference these frequently in the seasons ahead and it is always a good
reminder as I plan my spring garden every year.
Success of them all: The arrival of our third girl! She was born a mere 10 days
ago and is just a joy!
This season I was much too ambitious in the garden and my pregnant self could
not keep up with my wonderful plans – so, I had a lesson in what will grow with
little to NO maintenance – white patty pans are one of them – they went crazy!
Zucchini: If I had kept
on top of watering, these would have done even better
They made a wonderful pop of color in the veggie beds
many things can a person do with a cucumber??? – that is all I have to say!!!
Caladiums: These did so
well last year, but I believe my lack of watering made for a very sad season.
everything else in the veggie beds: I planted all my tomatoes, eggplants,
squash, beans, etc….then I hit my third trimester of pregnancy and well,
completely ignored my garden! Better luck next year!
Other things I have learned this
Don’t plan a full fledged vegetable garden when
you will be 6-9 mo pregnant with your third child
A great deal of my perennials and shrubs are
VERY forgiving and seemed to have survived despite my lack of maintenance
Don’t buy a cheap weed-eater if you garden like
we do here at soapHOUSE – picture: overheating, melting and parts flying!
Not a good thing!
The weeds at the creek can grow a little taller
that I thought before things look horrible
There is a season for everything. When it is not
your season for getting down and dirty in the garden – take notice of the
beauty of God’s creations and remember that he doesn’t need our help to
keep them going :)