Thinking of Next Year, Already

August 20, 2018

This is the time of year when I really get a thrill out of tearing things out.

I don’t want to imply that I’m tired of the garden.  It’s just the time.  It’s the end of August, the end of summer and a time of transition.  There’s a bit of a shift in the air.  When the pumpkins turn orange, I start getting antsy.

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Clearing out and harvesting this year’s garden makes me start thinking of next year’s garden, and all the things I want to do differently.  Or of the things that worked out well.  I’ve already started sketching out my crop rotation plans and jotting down new things to try.  I know I’ll revise it endlessly through the winter, but that’s OK.  It’s fun to do.

This year’s garden may not be done yet, but next year is definitely on my mind!

Grow open-pollinated corn.  I’ve only ever grown SE/se hybrid corn.  And it’s good, don’t get me wrong!  It’s very sweet and tender, which we love.  But our goal on this farm is to one day be as self-sustainable and ecologically-minded as possible, and growing a hybrid corn isn’t exactly that.

Grow more smaller varieties of sunflowers and grow more sunflowers in more places.  I love sunflowers, and I love my big-headed mammoth varieties!  But I also love the smaller ones, and I just want more of them!

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More watermelons!  I don’t want to ruin any surprises, but the Mini Love watermelons I’m growing in the greenhouse are amazing!  We ate the first one this weekend and it was the perfect size for our family of four.  We each got a quarter and the taste was phenomenal.  I have four plants this year, but I might need to double that number for 2019!

Keep growing cosmos, but not in rows.  It turns out that I don’t like cosmos as much as I thought I did.  It’s not that I don’t like them period, it’s just that I don’t like them as much as I like the other flowers, and I definitely don’t like rows of them blocking out whatever is in front of them.  They’re a great cottage garden flower though, so I am going to try growing them primarily in the borders instead of the garden proper.

Expand the herb/flower garden!  Every time I see the herb bed, I get so happy.  It’s growing so well, and boasts many of my favorite flowers.  I need to double this happiness next year and expand into the other side of the raised brick bed.

Not so many pickling cucumbers!  I thought I was doing well this year by only planting six cucumber plants.  Hahaha!  In my greenhouse, those cucumbers went crazy.  They went feral.  They grew out their row, up their trellis, through the open greenhouse window, and are currently trying to make it across the field to the woods, where they can finally be free.  I’m limiting myself to four plants next year, outside.  I don’t think these wild beasts deserve cushy greenhouse living, the way they’re acting.

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Make sure to give more room between beds.  Does anyone else routinely forget how big vegetable plants seem to grow?  I need to make my walking paths each about two-feet wide.  I might even make my main path down the center of the garden bigger than that, to make room for the dwarf nasturtiums that look so lovely edging it.

One row of dill is perfect.  I’d never grown dill before, so I wasn’t sure how to much to grow, or where?  In the herb garden?  In a pot?  Does dill spread?  I just ended up growing a single row of seeds, and that seems to be the perfect amount.  Enough for all the endless pints of pickles I’ve been making, but not too much to feel overwhelming.

Of course, I don’t want summer to be over just yet.  Not at all.  Not hardly.

It’s just that I do love the idea of a clean slate each spring to start fresh and new in.  To do it all again, but to do it so much better than before.

Bring it on, 2019!


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  • Camilla

    August 20, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Your garden looks SO beautiful! It is so nice you read about plans for next summer. It makes me think about what I want to do for our (not so finished) garden next year. And it is so funny to read about the cucumbers. I did the same thing with tomatoes!


    1. lacey

      August 20, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      haha! It’s so easy to go overboard with something! And I’m so excited to read your blog and see your garden! Thanks for commenting!

      1. Camilla

        August 21, 2018 at 7:23 pm

        I know! Haha! And thanks! 🙂

  • jennybakerbee

    August 22, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    We’re finally getting our back garden set up but it’s still the middle of summer here! I’m afraid anything I plant will wilt and die from the heat 😱 So I’m waiting until fall to add anything. Meanwhile, the garden looks naked and bare and I’m writing lists and even sketching plans until the weather turns cooler. Question: How do you usually plan your garden for future planting? Sketch? List? Mobile App?

    1. lacey

      August 22, 2018 at 6:06 pm

      I can’t wait to see yours when it’s done! It will be awesome with that view! For the garden I just sketch out a rotation plan on paper. For flowers I sort of just throw things together and hope for the best 😛

      1. jennybakerbee

        August 22, 2018 at 6:54 pm

        You’re a type of organized-wild aren’t you?

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