Every plant should have a place

O.K. we did it again. We ended up with many more plants than we could possibly fit into any of our gardens.


We always order a few (really more than a few) new dahlias in case we lose some over the winter. That’s how we ended up with more than 120 to put in the ground.


Each year I have less and less room in the vegetable garden for vegetables. My husband Ronnie cares more about dahlias than vegetables so I am being squeezed out.


So this year, how many vegetables did we plant in our vegetable garden? Two rows of scallions.


Never give up, I say. Where there’s a will, there’s a new garden.


We created a garden just for tomatoes and cucumbers.  Actually, this wasn’t a bad thing to move tomatoes, considering every single plant was wiped out by blight last year. Moving the tomatoes decreases your chances of any remnants of the disease in the ground from attacking again.


Following  master gardener Pat O’Connor’s advice, I found places elsewhere for the plants I really wanted.


When you don’t have a lot of space, you need to look for containers of all shapes and sizes. And prioritize. Know it’s O.K. not to plant zucchini. Someone at the office or on your block will be more than willing to share.



So, we planted lettuce on a pot on the deck.

 And parsley in a hanging basket with petunias. Why spend a couple bucks for vines, when you have something edible like parsley cascading over the side of a basket?

And know when to say no. As soon as the weeds and grass were pulled and the new tomato garden was ready to go, Ronnie got that familiar gleam in his eye. The one that always emerges when he sees a bed of dirt. “Let’s plant some dahlias,” he said. Here we go again.

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