I walked out into the garden the other day once the snow melted, and was astonished to see broccoli, lettuce, the red clover cover crop, and arugula still growing. Kate posted two things recently, that have me all fired up to talk about next year's garden. But first, comes the self-critiquing... Here are some things (in no particular order) that I would like to learn from and/or accomplish next year:
+ The tomatoes got leaf rot. Learn to be more diligent about tying them up every week. Also, space them further apart from other rows.
+ The corn was attacked by stink bugs. Not sure how to combat this one... advice?
+ The cucumbers produced prolifically, but maybe we should stagger a couple crops. They also got powdery mildew late in the game. When planting, make a list of crops, what diseases they might get, and take preventative action with home-made remedies.
+ The beans were reaaaaaally attracted to the nearby fence. Plant them a foot further away next time (or better yet, plant something different there. Corn?
+ Eggplants are HUGE! So are peppers. Why do you always give them such little spacing McKenzie?
+ I don't really feel motivated to eat Okra.
+ One eggplant is more than enough.
+ Actually pick the flowers. They will grow back. And harvest the medicinal herbs.
+ Make basil pesto once per week in its hayday. (Get creative and make other kinds of pestos too.)
+ Thin the carrots. And plant them where it's less sunny.
+ Try saving some new seed varieties. (This year's haul.)
+ If we plant the same amount of potatoes, plan to have a better storage solution. Most have all sprouted by now.
+ Build some skinny chicken run "tractors" for easy walkway weeding.
+ Try doing fewer rows and more blocks.
+ Budget for seed garlic. I forgot to do that this year, and never planted a fall crop like I wanted to. Thankfully Gene got some in though.
+ Plant garlic around the fruit trees.
+ Plant herbs on the orchard hillside.
+ Plant winter squash in the field?
+ Grow an experimental wheat, sunflower (?), and quinoa crop in the field.
+ Make a dry-erase freezer/pantry inventory and check-off list.
What did you learn from your garden, and what do you want to do differently this year?