Posted: 12/09/2016 at 19:50
I had a good head start in the garden this year. Started too many jobs, some I hesitated on and didn't finish. Bare roots shoved in buckets that I thought I'd plant out, but never got around to, should have just gone into a pot or got heeled in somewhere. All rather embarrassing. I had a section of hedging that I did not plant, because I was deliberating about a gate, that I still haven't put in. I should have just hedged, and later relocated plants.
I have learnt that sometimes less is more. I'm trying to curb some overgrowth, and expose two hidden trees, that really should be seen. I think previous gardeners had over-planted thinking they'd never grow big. The trees would have looked nice small. And I've repeated exactly the same mistake elsewhere, planting a couple of trees far too close to each other.
Sometimes I just think I need to get that plant in. And later regret where I've placed it. Even after much deliberation. I feel like I have a misaligned hedge! I was happy with it at planting time. Now, I'm not so sure!
I have lost plants this year because I couldn't keep up watering. Previous years I've grouped plants for watering, I've three young hedges to keep watered, and some young fruit trees. Watering them can take a good amount of time. I like watering, but it does require continued effort.
I've probably a better sense of planting in the right place.
I didn't do slug patrol this year, which was a big, big, mistake!
Another thing I learned was that our passion for pots, has become a bit of pain, moving around the garden is a massive game like a slide puzzle. Again, less is more.
Hopefully the successes will come later when the hedges get going.
Next year, get on top of veg - and grow more food. I left it too late and haven't many fruits for my labour.
I can't believe the year is closing in, I remember waiting for buds to burst. I so want a replay! And I'm not looking forward to January.