Why?? My stupidity. Yup. My growing season.......short. Hearts of Gold's growing season....90 days. Or should I say 90 HOT days, which we can't seem to manage up here. So--why didn't I put the Hearts of Gold in the raised beds, where I could MAKE IT HOT???? Instead, I put the Fastbreak Melon in there-which only needs 69 days. So, I am sitting with darn near a dozen very UNRIPE melons on the ground, and I'm desperately running out there covering them with blankets and tarps every night. And, I know they won't ripen. We've already had lots of frost. Sigh. NEXT YEAR----PUT IN A RAISED BED WITH A COLDFRAME, Dummy!!
Runner Up---Green beans. Doesn't matter which of the 3 varieties I planted because I did this stupid manuever with all of them. Sowed a row, waited a week, sowed another row RIGHT NEXT TO IT. Well, guess what. Stupid. DO NOT PLANT DOUBLE ROWS----TOO HARD TO HARVEST. Seemed like a good idea at the time, but makes it almost impossible to see all the beans. I'm only planting them on the very outside from now on. Carrots can fill up the center of the beds.
This combo of Verbena and Nicotiana looked great in the beginning, but FRIED by summers end. Do not repeat.
Sheet Mulching was another stupid thing I did this year. I tried to cover the SW bed with double layers of cardboard and a good 8+ inches of Donkey Doo. Within 2 weeks the lilies and Bishops Weed began arising from their stinky grave. DIG THE BEDS, SUE!! Stop taking short cuts.
The north side of the sidewalk border. Hated it. The marigolds CLASH with the Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm', the Osteospermum spent more than half the summer in various stages of NON-blooming. Rethink the whole thing.
Cosmos--Don't try putting it in a bed and expect it to behave. Love the "blousy" blooms, but they need space and lots of it. It ran right over the Eryngium you see in the middle of that bed.
And, after a lifetime of trying Phlox, I officially give up. It looks SPECTACULAR in everyone elses' garden but mine. This is NOT mildew, my loves. This is DRY SANDY SOIL and what it does best--sucks the life out of anything. I love Phlox, but it does NOT love me back.
Next week, I'll have the post on my 2011 Winners--the best plants or ideas about my garden.
The final posts for this year will be the Harvest Totals and Notes for Next Year. I can't believe how fast this summer went. That's okay though, because my love for each season runs about 3 months. I'm ready for fall---crisp days, bike rides, hiking, and getting to know my house again!
Have a wonderful week in the garden!