Tuesday, July 26, 2011
A little while back, Ricki was brave enough to post some of her garden failures, so I thought I should fess up as well. I can't believe I'm about to tell you this. The stupidest thing I did this year was to not turn my horrible crappy soil before planting. Imagine clay. Compacted. With tree roots growing up into it. With rocks. The kind of soil you don't really dig, but more chip away at. This spring, I was just so tired, I convinced myself that I was following the no-till method. I literally thought this in my head, even though I knew I was seriously mistaking the intention of the no-till method. Anyway, the result is what you see above and below. Seriously stunted plants - plants that were lovingly grown from seed and cared for indoors for weeks. What a shame.
In the photo above, you can see a tomato in the ground and one in the pot. A couple weeks prior, they were the same size. What a shame. Below, bolted Asian greens from sowing seed in a too-sunny spot, too-late in the season. Duh.
Above, a blueberry shrub that never knew what hit it. Below, a result of sheer laziness. I know you can't leave this stuff outside through the winter, but I live in denial that my pottery will break.
Lesson learned. I only hope I can be disciplined enough to not repeat these mistakes!