Gardening Ideas for You and for Me
What’s going on in your corner of this earth? It’s a beautiful, sunny, warmish day on the Maine coast and I can’t wait to get into my garden and do stuff.
I’m trying to winnow a list of plants and flowers I want to grow this year. I’ve got space a-plenty and lots of ideas but I don’t have enough money and time to plant everything on my list, which is basically all of the things available in all of the nurseries in my neighborhood 🙂 and everyone else’s neighborhoods.
My garden was successful last year. I had a bumper crop of Sungold tomatoes, beautiful nasturtiums and was overladen with jalapeno peppers. My raspberry bush came along too.
But there are things I want to do differently in the garden this year:
- I want to plant a different color of runner beans. I’ve planted scarlet previously, which bring hummingbirds to the garden, always a good thing.
But I’m thinking I don’t want any red flowers this year. So I’m going to order this sunset runner bean, which boasts pale pink blooms, from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
2. I want more flowers. Last year I was routinely careening over to the side of the road every time I saw a flower stand. I was also paying more than I would like for fresh flowers at the farmer’s market. So, this year, I want to grow more flowers. I want gladiolas, dahlias, zinnias, anemone, peonies, ranunculus and more.
3. We had great success with jalapeno plants. If there’s one plant I would encourage you to try, if you like to cook with them, is jalapeno plants. Jalapenos are low-maintenance and they grow so fast. This year I want to try growing banana peppers too because Mr. 47 and Mr. 13 really like to eat them.
4. I want to grow more herbs. Last year I grew basil, mint, cilantro, and rosemary. But this year I want to add herbs for making bitters and for syrups to put in cocktails. I would like to plant elderberry, anise hyssop and lemon verbena.
The Flowers I Grew Last Year
My flower supply was lacking but this is what I grew:
a. Nasturtiums to keep bugs away from the tomatoes and to put in salad.
b. A new to me flower, the ancient Kiss-Me-Over-the-Garden-Gate, which were decimated by Japanese Beetles. I wasn’t in love with Kiss-Me in part because it requires a lot of watering for what I thought were less than spectacular flowers. But, I feel like I need to give Kiss-Me a second chance since they weren’t dressed in their Sunday best, thanks to the beetles.
I bought last year’s Kiss-Me at a garden club plant sale. They aren’t easy to find. But they are self-seeding, so I may have them in the garden this year whether I want them or not. But if I don’t have any and I happen upon them at another plant sale, I’ll give it another go.
Speaking of Japanese Beetles, I can’t go through that again this year. I’m going to employ a couple of these suggestions. Are you plagued with them as well? How do you eliminate them?
Are you right on the beach like some other people I know? You might find this list of easy perennials to grow in your seaside garden helpful.
Gardening Tips + Inspiration
Do you listen to any gardening podcasts? I listen to Margaret Roach at A Way to Garden. Here are the eight best garden podcasts to listen to now, according to Gardenista. Margaret is on that list but there are others you may not know.
What are your gardening plans this year?