2015 gardening report card

Marian ParsonsDecorating, gardening, My House

This was the first year I gave gardening a good effort.  I started strong and I stuck with it.  And I learned a lot along the way about what worked, what didn’t and what I could do better next season.

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First off, I’ve learned to move plants around to find the light they like best.  This plant was looking sad in the kitchen…

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…so I moved it to the living room where the light is brighter throughout the day.  Here’s how it looked when I first moved it…

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…and now…

 

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Yeah, I’m patting myself on the back for that one.

Momma’s taking good care of you, isn’t she, sweet little plant?  

I planted a small baby tears plant in the living room in May…

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…and here is how it’s grown…

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And this plant is loving life.  Here’s how he looked in may…

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…and now…

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I don’t have all success stories to share, which I’m learning is just a part of caring for living things.  These lemon cyprus plants for example…

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Here’s how they looked after a few weeks and I couldn’t nurse them back.

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I’ve had to chuck a few other plants that didn’t make it, also.  I used to think that meant I had a black thumb, but I’m learning that I either had the plant in the wrong environment or wasn’t caring for it properly.

My ficus tree has been doing very well…

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…until last week when he decided to have his own personal fall.

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He looks like a bit like he’s auditioning for the next Charlie Brown Christmas Special.

I was getting ready to pitch him, just to put us both out of our misery, but I noticed some sprouts, so I’m going to give him a bit more time.

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I did lose one of my beautiful myrtle topiaries…

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…but I moved the other one outside and managed to save it.  For now.

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One of the best things I’ve taken away from this learning process, is to not give up on plants too easily.  I used to throw anything away that looked remotely droopy, dried out, yellowed or stressed.  I really didn’t want to watch it turn black and crispy.  Now, I try moving it, cutting it back, repotting it, watering more, watering less, fertilizing it and see if I find something that works.

I cut back this guy last week and it’s bursting with little buds.

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I was also ready to pitch this mum, because all of the blooms dried up and turned brown, but I cut it back and now it’s leafing out again…

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…and it’ll be blooming again soon.

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I also learned that quality soil makes a huge difference.  My basil and parsley this year were practically bushes, they grew so huge.  They’ve always been puny, but I planted them in a rich organic soil and they really thrived.  I can’t wait to get a good raised-bed kitchen garden going next year.

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In the next week or two, I’m going to clean up the deck, roll up the rug and put away the pillows for the winter.

Don’t worry, deck.  I have plans for you this spring…

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2015 gardening report card

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