Perennial gardening has been the biggest surprise for me this year. Last year I had almost no interest in pretty plants and flowers- only things I could eat, the bulbs that came up in spring and composting. After spending my spring planting fruit bushes and vines and getting my veggies on their way I became obsessed with making my home beautiful for as much of the year as possible. I devoured perennial books like they were novels and read them over and over. My mind was a new sponge after years of having pregnant mushy brain. I needed to know everything about every plant there is. I made a spreadsheet to keep track of the needs of everything I already had growing and everything I planted. My favorite place to be was a garden store. This became my new hobby and I LOVE it.
These are the last pictures of my garden and the yard changed dramatically since then. I have since planted 100s of perennials and the vegetable garden grew beautifully. My camera has been a pain and my plants were puny since I bought them cheap and small. They will be gorgeous next year and then I will show them off.
On one of the last snows I threw out hundred of poppy seeds and enjoyed their beauty.
I consider my vegetable and fruit to have gone moderately well this year. I would have loved to bring in more raspberries, strawberries, watermelon, pumpkins, corn and tomatoes than I did but other things went really well.
I bagged loads of spinach
I watched watermelons hang from the vine
I decided I detest cress and arugula
We ate a ton of peas and carrots and I pressure canned many pints of carrots and green beans
My kids love eating right from the garden
I also canned grape juice, dill and sweet pickles, pickled beets, pickled green bean, pickled peppers, tomato soup and tomato sauce. We ate pesto all summer and have a little bit frozen. We ate fresh pico de gallo, salads, broccoli, radishes, sweet and hot peppers, My yellow, and green zucchini were not too overbearing. We had a few dozen cherries and a handful of peaches that were amazing from the trees we planted last year. I really enjoyed eating fresh and experimenting with veggies we picked.
I have learned plenty and was sad when the first frost hit. I look forward to an even better year next year.