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Home arrow The Daily Dirt arrow Friday Five: Taking Stock
Friday Five: Taking Stock Print E-mail
Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Friday, 03 February 2017
Relaxing in the garden
As the flower and seed catalogs start arriving, it's time to sit back and think about what you enjoyed most about your garden this past year in order to plan ahead.
Relaxing in the garden

As the flower and seed catalogs start arriving, it's time to sit back and think about what you enjoyed most about your garden this year and what you might want to change. Here are some items to consider:

1. Best Performers
Which plants or flowers grew best in your garden this year? Did that new variety you tried take off or bomb big time? Was it a banner year in your garden overall or a not so hot one?

2. Winning Combinations
Perhaps you experimented with a new combination of flower colors or leaf textures. Sometimes what we visualize doesn't always turn out the way we imagined so if your vision in pink was not exactly worthy of an artist's canvas, make a note of it.

3. Worst Invaders
The term "worst invaders" refers to both weeds and pesky insects. If there was an invasion in your garden this year, try to remember when and where so you can be plan ahead and be proactive instead of reactive next year.

4. Lessons Learned
Most of us don't have the perfect garden. There's always something that can be improved--even if it's as simple as adjusting the depth of mulch from 2 inches to 3 inches or resolving not to plant so many flowers that the garden becomes terribly overcrowded by the end of the growing season!

5. Start a Wish List
Want to try square foot or lasagna gardening next year? Build a trellis? Try container gardening? Write it down in your garden journal, whether it's on paper or on your computer. Chances are you'll have a long wish list come springtime.

 
 
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