I was inspired by I've Paid for this Twice Already...'s shopping bag challenge to think of a creative use for my horde. So I bought a couple bags of ceder mulch on sale (love end of season) and I'm going to edge my "natural" bed with long pieces cut from plastic shopping bags & cover it with the mulch. I think I'll hold it in place with flat rocks & just cover everything. I'll share pics when it's done. I was just going to use landscape fabric, but this way it's practically free!
Today's harvest netted 3 ears on corn & a bunch of green beans. Now that the bushes have finally started producing more than a handful at a time I am going to have to restrain myself into leaving pods to collect seeds from.
Things I am noting for next year
- Study - Newspaper, Pennies, Cardboard, and Eggs--For Growing a Better Garden: More than 400 New, Fun, and Ingenious Ideas to Keep Your Garden Growing Great All Season Long
- Sprout my difficult seeds before planting in seed starter, I had too few actually become seedlings
- Use Willow branches as a "rooting" hormone to take cuttings off of my lilacs, wisteria & roses and pot them.
- The pumpkin garden can't have other vine plants in it. I'm thinking next year we stick with corn & sunflowers along the outside.
- Cucumbers should be on a trellis
- watermelon is hard to grow
- I am going to use landscape fabric, or start saving my pizza boxes now (and the neighbors)
- Plant 2x as many plants as I think I need, except for tomatoes.
- Save seeds from your harvest, the pumpkins we saved last year are doing great!
- I may have our soil tested next year
- I am not going to plant perennial fruits here, but I am going to put some in at my Mom's
- The kids I babysit cannot be trusted in areas of the yard where plants are. Or animals, or toys...
- The compost bin has been neglected & needs some TLC.