by Carolyn, Calgary’s Home Gardener Helper
As the gardening season comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on the journey I embarked on earlier this year. It has been a season filled with both successes and failures, each teaching me valuable lessons and deepening my love for gardening.
One of the most significant successes of this season has been the bountiful harvest of tomatoes. I planted a variety of tomato plants, from cherry tomatoes to beefsteak, and they thrived beyond my expectations. The taste of a freshly picked, sun-ripened tomato is unparalleled, and my garden provided an abundance of them. I learned the importance of proper soil preparation, watering, and regular pruning to ensure healthy tomato plants. This success has encouraged me to continue experimenting with different tomato varieties in the future.
Another triumph was my flourishing herb garden. The fragrant basil, rosemary, and mint added flavour and aroma to countless meals. It was incredibly satisfying to step outside and pluck fresh herbs for cooking, enhancing the taste of my dishes. This success reminded me of the joy that comes from growing and using your own herbs.
However, with success also came failure, and the most significant disappointment was my attempt at growing pumpkins. Despite my best efforts, the pumpkin vines produced only a handful of small, underdeveloped fruits. It was disheartening to see the potential wasted, but it taught me about the importance of researching specific plant requirements and understanding local climate conditions before planting.
Furthermore, my battle with garden pests, such as aphids and caterpillars, was an ongoing challenge. Although I tried various organic methods to deter them, I had limited success. This struggle emphasized the importance of patience and resilience in gardening. It taught me that setbacks are a part of the journey, and the key is to keep learning and adapting.
In conclusion, my gardening season has been a rollercoaster of successes and failures. While the successes brought joy and satisfaction, the failures offered valuable learning experiences. Gardening is not just about the end result but also about the journey and the knowledge gained along the way. As I celebrate the end of this season, I look forward to applying these lessons to future gardening endeavors, knowing that each success and failure contributes to my growth as a gardener.