Garden Reflections: Looking Back To Plan For Next Season
As the days are now officially getting longer but are still wintery and cold, it’s the perfect time to do some garden reflection as well as plan for next season. Once January hits I like to get out the garden books, open up my garden journal and scour my favorite online resources for new ideas for spring. But before I get ahead of myself, I like to take this time to look back at the last gardening season and take note of my successes and failures.
Writer Barbara Dodge Borland once said, “A gardener learns more in the mistakes than in the successes.” This cannot be truer! A gardener fails; it’s the nature of our hobby. But it’s in those failures that we learn what will and won’t grow in our garden, which varieties we can’t live without, as well as what we don’t have the time – or the patience – for. So although we call them “failures,” they really are little lessons that are an inherent part of the experience of gardening.
I like to jot down little wins and failures throughout the garden season so I can go back in the winter and compile them into a list to help plan for spring.
Garden Reflections: My Garden Failures From Last Season
A lot of my garden blunders from this year had to do with moving in late June to a new home with an entirely new landscape. Although I had a blast discovering the beauty of my inherited gardens, I had more space than I knew what to do with! I had also already missed half of our already-short season. Despite all this, I had a blast experimenting in these gardens and yes, failing.
Garden Reflections: My Garden Successes
Now that I’ve admitted to my garden “failures,” it’s time to brag a little: I did have many garden successes in my summer of playing and experimenting in our new gardens.
Garden Reflections: Planning For Next Season
Now, to the fun part: planning for next season.
Try Something New
A garden is never finished and a gardener is never perfect. It’s the failures and successes of each season that make it so exciting to start fresh the next year. I know that highlighting my failures – and thus being able to work on them for next season – is what will make my garden better with each year.