If you’ve been tracking this blog you’ll have noticed the gaps between postings have grown. Which is more than can be said for anything in the garden! That’s a little unfair as, despite the deep freeze, the tips of the first spring bulbs have somehow poked their way through the soil.
Rather than feel bad about not being able to give this the attention it deserves I’m putting it into its own deep freeze and leaving the last year’s postings for posterity.
I started the blog because I couldn’t really find information for those of us whose gardens are only one foot wide. Hopefully anyone looking online will find there’s now a little bit more to help get started.
With the propagator loaded up and the geraniums, sweet pea and coleus already sprouting I’m sure there’ll be plenty of colour and interest on the ledges again this summer.
The final thoughts on a year of window gardening:
- Planning a winter/early spring bulb combination along with a complete re-plant for summer is effective and efficient.
- If you want four short seasonal displays then you need to grow elsewhere and just plant the developed plants.
- Half the enjoyment is in the anticipation.
- Growing from seed is rewarding but supplementing with instant colour is ok too.
- What works well in one location one year might not work the same the next -but it’s not bad to pretend that it will!
- The variables, wind, rain, temperature, soil, timing, etc are too much to expect things to work out exactly to a rigorous plan. Be flexible and remember there’s no such thing as perfection.
- Going on holiday will leave you fretting about what will survive and why it chose that week to be the hottest of the year.
- The type and variety of plants seems infinite. Just pick a few and see what happens.
- In the middle of summer when everything is growing an inch a day, it’s ok to dispense some tough love and prune liberally. Most plants will come back stronger and those that don’t can be noted and you can remember not to be so dumb the next time.
- And finally, there’s always next year!