I had to see it for myself. Every plant was dried up and crispy. The weeds, who can survive in any drought or any type of soil, had completely overtaken the plot. You could not even see any proof of the hours we had spent trying desperately to hold those weeds back and protect our little seedlings. It is time to admit defeat.
In reflection, all is not completely lost. In fact, I learned quite a bit this summer about plants, how they grow, what they need, and good techniques for gardening (even if we didn't know before we planted how to implement them). No amount of books or google searches could have taught us what we learned just from experience.
I'm going to log a few things that we are going to do differently here, and I hope they might help you too if you decide to plant next year.
Things to Remember for Garden 2011
- Add compost to the soil before planting.
- To control weeds, lay a black tarp down over the garden plot and cut out holes only for plants to come through (as described in this article).
- Watering plants in the early morning is more effective than afternoon or evening watering, and can help prevent diseases.
- While a community garden sounds like a fantastic idea, it may be even more of a commitment than a garden in your back yard because of the distance from your house.
- As a beginner gardener, it might be easier to focus on a few types of plants, rather than a big variety. It's more fun to be successful at a few things, than a failure at many!