Every year I fail in the garden. No really. I FAIL. Repeatedly. There is always something that rots or gets eaten by bugs or dies a tortured death and keels over for good. Last year it was tomatoes. This year it is onions. Every day of the drought this summer I watered the onions and yet the water was not the rainwater the onions craved and eventually they fell flat like a criminal getting shot. I finally dug them all out – tiny babies that they were – and saved what I could for my favorite omelets.
Failure is not the end of the world, however, it is a learning experience. At first, I was worried about the bare nakedity (yep – that’s a word I invented) of the giant space left in the garden. Imagine what my neighbors might think if they saw one square inch of my front lawn vegetable garden without a vegetable in it? Oh, the horror. ::gasp::
Fortunately, the weather was kind to the garden in mid-August. There were several heavy downpours that helped the Luscious Berry Blend Lantana at the front of the onion row fill in and cover up the onion-less space nicely. There you see the flowers with cabbages and beets growing as strong as can be on either side. Fall planting is just around the corner, so a great solution to my failure would be a fall planting later in the season. For now, I’m thinking positive; I mulched the bare ground and have been enjoying the gorgeous Lantana’s. Have you failed in your garden? What solutions have you come up with?