Monday, December 31, 2007

Growing a Garden in 2007


I am still celebrating the holiday season...my daughters and their husbands and the Sweet Granddaughter arrived Friday, December 28, for our family gathering. Even my son, who lives across town, has moved in for the weekend. But I'm taking a moment to check in and reflect on the past year a bit. One year ago I made several resolutions (I think they qualify as goals according to Carol!)
First, I was to do better at composting yard waste. I now have a compost bin that I layer kitchen waste and yard waste in...and it's working! And I have a holding bin for leaves so I have a supply to use for layering as I continue to add kitchen waste. I wish I had space for more bins but I have at least improved!
Secondly, I was to succeed at growing an evergreen clematis which I have hesitated to talk about for fear of jinxing myself. However, as you can see, it is still alive! Third time must be the charm!
I've kept the privets under control...partly by thinning some branches back to the main trunk. And while doing so I managed to not break my replacement pruner my brother had to buy me after a pruning session gone bad.
My last resolution/goal was to grow and eat a Brandywine tomato. This year the tomato fairies were kind enough to allow several Brandywines to set and mature and I did enjoy them! But not as much as my Costoluto Genovese. So a decision will have to be made as to whether I grow Brandywines again...and I'm thinking I might rather try something new. What's your favorite tomato? Suggestions are appreciated.
Resolutions/goals for 2008 will have to wait...the Sweet Granddaughter will be waking up from her nap soon...!

5 comments:

Connie said...

Happy New Year! Aren't granddaughters wonderful?...mine has been visiting for the holidays.
My favorite heirloom tomato is Brandywine, but Goliath tops my list for a hybrid...it tastes good,and bears lots of very nice looking blemish-free fruit.

Garden Wise Guy said...

You ready for all this rain coming our way? When you get your fill, send it down to me in Santa Barbara. Happy, Wet, New Year

Leslie said...

Connie...I loved having her here...and now she's gone again:( Now I have to wait till next month when we'll fly down for a weekend visit. I'll have to look up Goliath and see if it looks like a possibility here...thanks!
garden wise guy...I'm not ready, exactly, but if it wants to rain I'm all for it! Happy New Year to you too!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Happy new year--and congratulations on that evergreen clematis! (And for having a safe place for finches to ride out storms.) :)

Leslie said...

Thanks Kim! Now I'm hoping it blooms this year!