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Okay folks, it's that time of year when I ask my famous question....
What mistakes/lessons have you learned this summer?
I learned a few things already (NOT to do next yr) and the summer just started....geez louise!!! ;^D
(I also learned a couple of positive things I actually did right!)
 
Posts: 2230 | Location: "The Garden State", NJ ~ Zone 7 | Registered: Nov 05, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Wave...So what were they?
 
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this year's lesson is no more trying to grow anything from seed. i failed miserably at that this year.
 
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Mine is no matter how hard I try I'll never get ahead of the weeds/vines from the neighbors side of the chain link fence that creep into my yard. And we're talking 180' of battle. It's a condo assoc. and they don't pay for yard maintenance. What a mess!
Also, that I was stupid to put in a bird garden on a small plot. Birds are dropping unwanted seeds (like poison ivy and poke weed, and bittersweet) by the tons. Just made more work for myself.
 
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My biggest lesson this year.............I learned I'm not as young as I was last year! And I feel it.

But I have learned lots this year...too many to list.
Many things will be done different next year.


"The soil is the source of life, creativity, culture and real independence." David Ben-Gurion
 
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I have to clean out all the flower pots (large & small) and have everything READY TO GO, by the time my seeds are ready for transplanting. I planted my seeds a lot later this year, but I procrastinated in cleaning my pots. NEVER AGAIN! Also, next year, I will really think about and decide what seeds I want to plant WHERE. I was just testing Winter Sowing this year, so I planted lots of seeds as a test. Most of them came up, and I found I didn't really need/want all the seedlings and felt terribly guilty. Next year, I will plant what I really want, not just lots of seeds I wanted to get rid of! Winter sowing is so much easier and more successful (for me) than planting seeds indoors. I did my "winter sowing" end of March and it was perfect, still very cold here! My seeds inside really did terribly this year (the worst ever, don't know why). The plus was I planted extra sunflower seeds just for the heck of it. Turns out I really needed them and was happy to have them. I looked outside yesterday afternoon and didn't see my two large sunflowers so I had to go outside to investigate. I forgot to cover the heads with PANTYHOSE and they were knocked down ~ broken and mutilated, the skwirls got them again.
I just loved looking at my sunflowers and forgot about the skwirls. Never let your guard down! I still love gardening even tho I'm not very good at it! :^D

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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Waverider Wink:
Okay folks, it's that time of year when I ask my famous question....
What mistakes/lessons have you learned this summer?
I learned a few things already (NOT to do next yr) and the summer just started....geez louise!!! ;^D
(I also learned a couple of positive things I actually did right!)[/QUOTE

That a lawn care service is EXPENSIVE! Out of necessity I, w/ DH's blessings, hired a company to do the basics but I learned their idea of basic care and my idea of basic care are entirely different! There is more to yard care than mowing and weedeating!
 
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wavie.. you are way ahead of me. i thought 'winter sowing' was putting in a cover crop so weeds don't grow. duh. i too failed miserably at sowing seed this year.. both indoors and in the garden. thought it was just me doing something wrong.

i sowed a half barrel full of carrot seeds. it took F O R E V E R for them to come up and i have this little cluster of about 7 or 8 carrots.. the greens are still tiny and i sowed them the end of May!! that little clump is all there is in the whole barrel.

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I hope I learned not to buy too many plants before going away as it was a lot of work to get them all planted. However I tend to forget my lessons from year to year so still make lots of mistakes!

Another lesson I'm learning is to not feel guilty for not being able to do everything I'd like to. I'd have to have a gardening crew to accomplish everything I'd like to do in the garden.


Lucky

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I've learned that ANYthing new I plant needs a wire cage around it until it's matured a bit otherwise the rabbits are all over it. I thought this just applied to flowers, but had some ornamental grasses chomped down to the root this year!
 
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Don't encourage Fairy Diddles! :>)


"Those that throw mud, lose ground!" :>)
 
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