Back on Jan 1st I wrote a list of things I wanted to achieve in 2015. With one day to go I thought I'd better revisit the list and see how I did ...
Success - I did:
- Source a quince tree
- Grow some fruit bushes from cuttings to expand my fruit bed
- Grow ornamental chillies and melon pear for the first time
- Grew more beans for drying
- Initially keep up with the weeding
I sort of succeeded but ...
- I have yet to actually plant the quince tree
- I have yet to transplant the fruit cuttings
- My melon pear produced no fruit but I am going to try and overwinter it to see if it'll so anything next year
- My weeding failed from mid August after I hurt my back but was good up to then.
I failed totally
- To create a paved area in front on the polytunnel
- To prune the fruit trees
- To actually grow cauliflowers worth eating.
I reckon that's about a 50% success rate!
Garden Plans for 2016
- Create that paved area!
- Admit I can't grow caulis and grow other things instead. This year our Christmas crackers didn't contain the usual mini nail clippers and golf tees but something far more useful - packs of seeds. I may have lost both the crackers I pulled but I made sure I gathered up all the seed packets! I also bought several packets of new (to me) chillies when I was at The Eden Project in October and I am about to go online to source some different pumpkin varieties. Has anyone any other suggestions of new things I should try?
- Plant the quince tree, fruit bushes and prune the fruit trees
- Make a new strawberry patch, growing them through weed suppressing fabric.
- Dig out the 1/3 of the autumn raspberries that never fruit well
- Make better use of my comfrey plants - use the leaves to make liquid plant food and/or mulch.
- Write for Living France magazine! (More of this one later ... )
- Succeed in growing more than about the 5 parsnips I grew this year - I have a cunning plan to achieve this - more of that later too!
Every year I pray everything I sow or plant will do well but after the number of years I have been gardening I do know that a few things will fail or do badly each year but here's hoping 2016 has more successes than failures. What I can say though is that our garden here at Eco-Gites never fails to cheer me. It provides us with much of our fresh produce even if it does mean I never have perfect finger nails!
Finally, for a touch of end of year indulgence, here are my favourite pictures from my gardening blogs of 2105. I hope you like them too.
|From my Mum's Exmoor garden|
|The Amazing Weeping Beech at Bayeux|
|Fairies dancing in our Passion Flower|
|Colour in my piggy planter|
|A work in progress|
|Mobile manure producers|
|Why I do it.|
I hope you had a successful gardening year and here's wishing you the very best of green fingers for 2106.