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Planning My Garden Layout

There are several places in my garden that need a change. The tomatoes have been in the same area for a long time and that might account for  their less than stellar performance. I will be reviewing my sketches and notes, making changes while planning my garden layout and building up my annual wish list of seeds.

Greetings fellow gardeners,  

It is difficult to wander about the garden at this time of year. Did I miss something? Should I protect this or cut down that? And so, in order to distract myself I brought out some paper and pens and began to make sketches. 

Vegetable Layout Observations

There are several places in my garden that need a change. The tomatoes have been in the same area for a long time and that might account for their less than stellar performance. I have two other areas that are sunny and bright, and the tomatoes would be happy there.

My cucumbers need a spot where they can commune with the earth. The patio variety of cucumber does very well in containers, but the larger slicing cucumber does not. I found the plants were stunted and prone to diseases; they might do well where I had the tomatoes.

While the zucchini did very well perched on the hügelkultur, the Queensland Blue squash did not. It was chewed up by a variety of small rodents and I think the squash borer got to it as well.

I could put the squash in the more protected former tomato area, making it easier to monitor. Also, I have read that if you wrap tinfoil loosely about the base of the stem of the squash it will deter the borer. I am going to experiment with this next summer.

Using Pots and Collecting Seeds

I have been collecting large pots and, in my walkabout, I thought about where I would like to put pots next year. Pots are key a part of planning my garden layout. I can move them around for esthetics, for colour, for accent, for the best sun or shade depending on the plant, for better companion plants.

Cannas and dahlias in pots I find quite enjoyable, and they would do well interplanted with various leafy greens. This summer I tried a large pot with a canna lily in it and planted Swiss chard all around the outside. It was an interesting display.

I will be working on my collections of seeds next week and making note of seeds that I want. Rainbow Swiss chard is at the top of that list. I waited too long last year and was unable to buy any. I loved my pots of lettuce that were bright and shiny in the summer shade, and that is something I will continue to do.

Near the back of my property, I have been slowly building a little fairy garden with pots of hardy flowers and pots on top of old stumps. There are little doors and little shiny things that the crows find interesting. Winter gives me time to think this through. I am hoping to learn more about native plants so that I can add them into the fairy garden. You can never have too much bloodroot. 

Fairy Garden

Sketches and Notes

For the next few weeks, I will be reviewing my sketches and notes, making changes while planning my garden layout and building up my annual wish list of seeds. I am still working on my plant compound as Leo, one of the too-many cats, sees the begonias as his personal buffet. The dahlias and cannas have had the dirt brushed off of them and are now loosely wrapped in newspaper in a box, hopefully away from curious kitties.

  Icicle Pansies

Right now, however, I am continuing to enjoy my icicle pansies. Such a treat as the weather gets colder and darkness comes so early. Enjoy your week. Judith. 

Contact Judith through her Website https://www.lapisdragonarts.com/. Find more weekly Veggie Bites experiences on the Veggie Bites page.

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