Deluxe Tractor Scoot with Bucket Basket / 3.5 TubTrug c/o Gardeners.com
Scalloped hat: Lack of Colour (available here, and here) / Shirt: Forever 21 / Shorts: J.Crew / Sneaks: FitFlop / Garden gloves: Tuesday Morning
There’s a cute little tray under the adjustable seat, a handle so you can use it for support (it locks) or a way to pull to where you need it to go.
Is summer gardening really happening for me right now when it’s over 110 degrees? Hmmm, not regularly. Did you know in Phoenix we have had over 50 days where it has been over 110 degrees? We typically average 19 a year. This explains why so many things have died around here – and also, sadly those drips get clogged up easily and by the time I figure it out it’s too late! Wahh!!
So here’s what I’ve been doing – going outside around 7 pm when the irrigation goes for the second time in the day so I can also check that plants are getting watered- because some get clogged due to hard water. I think we need to change the drop nozzles soon because the current ones are getting clogged and that’s not working well for us and costing us a lot to replace plants.
A few observations from cleaning up my garden area (and still working on it) –
- Once my hollyhocks I grew from seed bloom, I will not grow them again. They are higher maintenance than I like and I will use that lower bed for more vegetables in the future.
- Prune my lavender sooner to be more compact so they don’t fall apart in the middle – also realize it’s OK if they die, I will replace them.
- Take note of what didn’t work well this summer – even though it was a rough summer, and adjust, perhaps don’t replant and instead find something else? Or nothing at all?
- Swap out the drip nozzle heads for others because some clogged and killed the plants!
- I might also dig up the paper white bulbs if they don’t flower again this spring – they were transplants and only shot up green and to cut them all back after spring was not a fun task!
So most of my observations are things I won’t be growing again. I think it’s important for me to save time, realize what I should grow to eat, to make pretty, or for fun, but also what is taking away from other projects or things I enjoy. For example I love pruning roses and taking care of them. But I don’t like having to maintain overgrown hollyhock leaves that then attract white flies and they discover my vegetable garden nearby! Not ok!
I hope you are getting excited about fall planting if you are in the warmer areas. You know what this means…’tis the season for gardening posts again! Yay!
Diana Elizabeth says landscaping is expensive. She is debating doing faux grass in the front yard, she knows, she knows. But really, it’s so much work to maintain and there is just so much yard. She can’t possibly do this when she’s 60.