Summer 2013: Gardening Lessons

The Summer of 2013 was summer to remember. It was filled with learning events, memory making events, family gathering events, and many smaller events that helped weave the season together. We learned many lessons while gardening this year. I think that is why we love gardening so much at our house. We can always learn.
One lesson we learned is that if you bring in manure.... everything will grow. Everett's vegetables have grown even bigger and better this year thanks to the Judd Farm manure!

Another lesson I learned was location is everything, especially with dahlias. Dahlias are a goofy flower while coming up. They look like a weed or can be hidden behind other plants. This year Everett planted them in a row right with the vegetables and they have done better than ever.
A third lesson we learned was if the fountain doesn't work, make it into a planter. Our barrel fountain started leaking mid-summer so we turned it into a series of planters. This year we just moved pots in, but I am thinking soil and  bulbs will be lovely in the spring.

 We also learned that June is not the only time roses show off their beauty. Actually, some of our roses are the most beautiful right now. If a rose doesn't produce well early in the summer, don't give up on it. Roses are always a pleasant surprise later in the summer.

Stay tuned as I share other lessons learned from the Summer of 2013.

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