Over the past few years I have started a garden journal. I have come to terms with the fact that I can NOT remember everything I planted, how it fared, etc , etc from one season to another. I created mine in a loose leaf binder with the following quote on the cover. “Gardening is an exercise in optimism. Sometimes, it is the triumph of hope over experience. ” – Marina Schinz
It is broken down by tabs : Annuals, Vegetables, Bulbs, Herbs, Perennials, Water Gardens, Shrubs, and House Plants. There are notebook pages for notes and there are clear protective sleeves so I can put seed packets, plant information sticks and pages I’ve downloaded from the internet with plant facts that I have collected.
Two new varieties I tried this year were eggplant “Orlando Hybrid” and Pepper “Cajun Belle ” both from Park Seed. As shown in the photo with the quarter for scale they are both mini varieties. While interesting I think I will skip these next year.
Some varieties that were fantastic were from Burpee : Summer Squash “Golden Rush Hybrid”and “Hybrid Zucchini”, both amazing producers, great flavor and vigorous plants. Also from Burpee, both tomatoes ” Sweetheart of the Patio” incredibly sweet, delicious and prolific and ” Bush Early Girl Hybrid” also a great producer .
One surprisingly successful plant was the ” White Wonder” Cucumber which was free from Burpee as a bonus to my order.