Winter Garden 2016-2017
Despite being the healthiest looking squash plant I've ever grown, I will only be harvesting two--luckily, they are quite large. I'm not sure of all of the factors on the low output, but I'll start these earlier next year. The plants were vigorous and resisted squash borers and mildew, they just seemed to bloom late. Just as they were really coming on, it got too late for them to nature before frost.
I always have tons to do, but the big project for this fall will be to get my rear flower garden in shape. While it's not horrible to look at by any stretch, the Ageratum had completely taken over (operation Ageratum-annihilation already completed--it will be back next year, and every year after that, which will be fine as a filler once I have some structure in this garden), and nothing else was looking exactly intentional. Here's the short list:
1) Spread compost--the soil looks haggard (order county mulch also?); add rabbit/chipmunk repellent
2) Buy (or transplant) more beauty berry, grasses, Salvia (native plant sale coming up), that Vernonia I've always wanted--focus on pinks and purples and butterfly/hummingbird attraction. Need a few tall plants--maybe an evergreen native Ilex or Viburnum?
4) Rearrange until some visual coherence takes shape--tall in back (move Eupatorium; new neighbors means privacy needed--what is the ornamental (native) largest grass I can find?)
5) Transplant the things that are suffering (Peony in too much shade, phlox, Veronicastrum, bulbs?)
Time flies, and summer is when the least amount of work takes place in the garden. I plant and wait--for harvest, and for cool-enough weather to transplant.