I readily confess to mixed success with fall/winter gardening.
In fact, most of my successes have been accidental. One winter we had greens such as lettuce, mache, and spinach practically year-round. Thing is, I’m not quite sure how I did it.
A garden journal would help, surely, but I stink at journaling, garden or otherwise. Yes, this is a weblog, but I don’t chronicle everything I do in the garden, and that’s what you have to do to have a garden journal you can depend on.
I don’t know why I don’t/can’t keep a garden journal. You’d think it would be right up my alley, but I’m a garden journal failure.
So: fall gardening. I’ve seeded several lettuces, collards, mustard greens, and spinach.
The mache usually reseeds itself. I’m counting on you mache. Get to it.
I also planted some radishes.
The garden centers and nurseries are getting pretty good about spring edibles, but they drop the ball in the fall. The edibles shelves are completely empty except for a few herb plants. The most I can hope to find in the way of fall herbs are swiss chard and kale intended for ornamental use, and steeply priced as such. No thanks. Where are the flats of broccoli and cabbage?
If I’d been on the ball I would have planted seeds a few weeks back and have my own flats of fall vegetable seedlings, but I didn’t.
I’m going to keep watering my greens and hope for the best. Maybe by the time I’m eighty I’ll have mastered the art of fall (and spring/summer) gardening, at least within reason. Or maybe I’ll just keep tossing seeds out there willy-nilly and hoping for the best.
I’m convinced there are many types of gardeners, like there are many types of gardens. It’s tied in to personality, background (were you taught to garden from a young age, etc.), and environment. I suppose someone could devise a Garden Personality Test along the lines of the Myers-Briggs.
The Extroverted Gardener would take courses and join garden groups, take tours and learn from interpersonal contact.
Then Introverted Gardener would haunt forums & websites, read books on gardening.
The Thinking and Judging and Observing Gardener would carefully plan out each season, schedule when to start seeds indoors, when to harden off, and when to plant out, when to fertilize and when to pinch back and thin.
The Feeling and Perceiving and Intuitive Gardener would plant when the itch strikes, when gardening is in the air, when she or he just can’t stand NOT planting.
I’m Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving, which may be the worst kind of personality for gardening by some standards. But I have enough passion for gardening to push myself beyond my INFP tendencies to learn enough rules to make a decent go of it.
And what succeeds, by hook or crook, I REALLY love, which makes me get up day after day still excited about it, in spite of my inadequacies.
I’m a hopeless gardener.
What’s your garden type?