by Connie Oswald Stofko
What’s the next best thing to working in your garden? Planning for next year’s garden!
Here are some suggestions on how to make your garden even better than it was this year.
What didn’t work?
Think about things that went wrong in your garden this past year.
For example, maybe your plants limped along because they didn’t have enough water during our hot, dry summer. Make a plan to address it next year.
Here are some options:
- You can vow to water when it rains and water when it doesn’t. (Remembering that piece of advice has helped me a lot.)
- Choose plants that don’t need as much water. Many native plants can tolerate some dry conditions.
- If you planted in small containers last year, try much larger containers. Big containers don’t need to be watered as often as little containers.
The solutions to some issues may be obvious, but other problems can be puzzling. If you had a problem that you don’t know how to address, contact the Master Gardeners in your county. They’re great! The Master Gardeners can give you much better advice than I can.
What did you miss this year?
Do you wish you had planted more tomatoes? Do you regret not buying an entire flat of marigolds? Did you want a better trellis for vining plants?
Make a list now so you can remember to get those plants and items when it’s time.
And on the flip side, make a list of the things that went well so you can make sure you do them again. I finally tried ‘Brandywine Red’ tomatoes this year and they were delicious! I made a note to get more next year.
Try something new
Did you come across a gardening tip you really liked this year? Write it down so you can make use of it next year.
And get inspiration from other gardeners. Browse through articles on garden walks here to get ideas on landscaping or plant choice or quirky ways to add interest to your garden. You probably don’t have an antique oil heater like the one in the photo, but maybe you already have something in your garage or basement that works as a plant stand.
What ideas do you have for your garden in the coming year? Please leave a comment.