Garden Reflection – What Will You Plant This Year?

This time of year, when it is still cold outdoors, I start to plan on the upcoming year in the garden.

But, before I start ordering seeds and plants, I take a little time to reflect on my garden last year and ask myself the following questions:

What plants bloomed best?

I loved how well my pink trumpet vine (Podranea ricasoliana), Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua ‘Louis Hamilton’) and Firecracker Penstemon (Penstemon eatoni) bloomed last year.  I didn’t have to fertilize them or prune them too often, so I will be sure to keep them in my garden for this next year.

What vegetables produced well last year?

I had great luck growing peppers, tomatoes, bush beans, garlic and cucumbers in my garden.  I will definitely be doing these again.

What gardening projects were successful in your garden?

Last year, I planted a container herb garden full of my favorite herbs – green basil, purple basil, oregano, thyme and sage.  It did very well, so I will be planting another one this spring.

Did you have any problems in the garden?

Last year, I had problems with leaf rollers attacking my yellow bells shrubs for the first time in 15 years.  I will be sure to keep an eye on them this year – hopefully they won’t be back.

What new projects will you try this year?

I am going to be growing potatoes in a container.  In addition, I purchased seeds for corn that is supposed to do well when grown in a container, so I am looking forward to trying them out.

How about you?

What did well in your garden last year and what didn’t?

Will you plant anything new?

  1. lizzie says

    This year we will be doing a lot of container gardening. We have grown peanuts in the past (the kids love them) but always in the garden so growing them in containers is an interesting idea. Thanks for the suggestions, and I love the pink trumpet vine.

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