21, Jul 2023
Layout Planning for My Garden

There are several places in my garden that need to be replaced. Tomatoes have been in the same area for a long time, and this may explain their less-than-stellar characteristics. I will review my sketches and notes, make changes when planning the layout of my garden and make my annual wish list for seeds.

Sincerely, fellow gardeners,

It’s hard to wander around the garden at this time of year. Did I miss something? Should I protect it or reduce it? And so, to distract myself, I took out paper and pens and started drawing.

Observations On The Location Of Vegetables

There are several places in my garden that need to be replaced. Tomatoes have been in the same area for a long time, and this may explain their less-than-stellar characteristics. I have two more sunny and bright areas, and tomatoes will be happy there.

My cucumbers need a place where they can communicate with the earth. The patio cucumber variety grows very well in containers, but a cucumber cut into large slices does not. I found that the plants were stunted and prone to ailment; they could grow well where I had tomatoes.

While zucchini has taken root very well on hügelkultur, Queensland’s sapphire zucchini has not. It was chewed by many small rodents, and I think squash caught up with it too.

I could put the pumpkin in a more sheltered place, where tomatoes used to be grown, so that it would be easier to keep track of it. Also, I read that if you loosely wrap the base of the pumpkin stem with foil, it will hinder the puncher. I will experience it next summer.

Using pots and collecting seeds

I was collecting large vases, and as I was walking, I was thinking about where I would like to put the vases next year. Pots are a key part of my garden planning. I can move them for aesthetics, for color, for accent, for better sun or shade depending on the plant, for better companion plants.

Potted reeds and dahlias, which I find quite pleasant, and they could be transplanted with various leafy green vegetables. This summer I tried a large pot of reed Lily and planted a chard outside. It was an interesting demonstration.

Next week I will be working on my seed collections and marking the seeds I need. Rainbow Swiss chard takes the first place in the list. Last year I waited too long and couldn’t buy anything. I liked my salad pots, which were bright and shiny in a summer shade, and I will continue to do so.

Next to the back of my plot, I am slowly planting a small fairy garden with stiff flower pots and pots on old stumps. There are small doors and shiny little things that crows find interesting. Winter gives me time to think about everything. I hope to learn more about the local plants to add to the fabulous garden. You can never have too much bleeding blood.

Sketches and notes

In the coming weeks, I will review my sketches and notes, make changes when planning the layout of the garden and make an annual wish list for seeds. I’m still working on my vegetable complex, as Leo, one of too many cats, treats begonias as his personal buffet. Dahlias and Cannas have washed away the dirt and are now loosely wrapped in newspaper and lying in a box, hopefully away from curious kittens.

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