Thursday, October 16, 2008


I picked a large yogurt container of red raspberries tonight. I was surprised to see that there are still a lot of green berries coming. We are supposed to have temps into the 30's the next couple of nights though. We will see how they do and if it frosts.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

End of summer...lessons learned

Well, summer is officially over. The garden is looking worn out and neglected.
There are some things that I will do differently next year:
  1. Put my cucumbers and other vining plants in the middle or on one end of my raised beds. This year I put them on the edge and they took over everything on either side.
  2. Plant cucumber and other vining plants less intensively. I planted them every 6 inches as was suggested in a book that I read, and that was just too much for me. I could not tell what was what!
  3. Cage and stake my tomatoes early!! Bad mistake to do this late. I know better!
  4. My raspberry bushes went crazy this year. They were unable to be contained no matter what. I think that I need to move them out of the veggie garden.
  5. Plant more flowers in the garden. I missed my zinnias!
  6. More companion planting.

I am already getting the itch to plan for next year and this year's garden isn't even frosted yet. That is the beauty of gardening. Always another chance to improve next year.