Thursday, December 31, 2009

Garden Blogger's Death Day .... The Last For 2009!!

Come on and bring out your dead! Don't be bashful; don't be shy. Wave your failures proudly because at this time of year, it's really not your fault! Ahhh, I love winter GBDDays.


Here are the remains of the broccoli stalks after harvest and the cabbage I ripped out after the infestation of cabbage worms. I don't have a compost pile, but I threw them in the woods behind us instead of in the garbage cans.

Could the demise cabbage be my fault? Yes. I didn't spray them with BT, but they served almost as a trap crop, for the broccoli didn't sport a single cabbage worm all season, so I've made my peace with the cabbage.


This December's Death Day begs the question: Can there be death without life, for nothing much is in the garden at this point. It is winter and nothing much is expected to grow. This used to be a beautiful hanging pot of flowers on our deck. It's dead....but is it? For some reason it keeps wanting to put out new life. I should cut away the dead ends and see if it survives the harsher January and February weather.

Get in on Garden Blogger's Death Day yourself! It's hosted by Kate over at Gardening Without Skills.

Yes, not much is growing at this time in the Corner Yard, but what's marginally hanging on isn't doing too poorly. The garlic here is ready to overwinter, and the rosemary needs cutting back, but I think the plant itself may last another year.

The broccoli in the other corner yard are growing small heads 4 inches across or so. They're growing very, very slowly, but I'm still excited that there's one more broccoli harvest coming in.

Happy New Year!

The morning sure will come early tomorrow. Sweet gardening dreams.

17 comments:

  1. I am happy to say I had nothing worth writing about for GDD. Oh, there were the two pansies Annie pulled up, and one of my tomatoes looks as though it's getting blossom end rot, but that's hardly worth a blog.....thank heavens!

    Hey, take care of that rosemary. I had one that was probably 6-7 years old and the size of a large shrub. It was gorgeous, until I decided to give it an extreme haircut and killed it. With light shearings, it would probably have lived forever.

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  2. HI: LIZA AND JOHN’S GARDEN enjoyed our visit to your blog.
    It's always a pleasure to meet another Gardener.
    Have a Great Day,
    John

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  3. That rosemary looks great! I brought mine in as they will not take our winter. I forgot to water it and now it's dried rosemary. It is still green under the bark through so there may be hope.

    I never got around to posting your seeds this week. I will get them out early next week.

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  4. Looks like a normal garden. Our rosemary is getting huge, but I'll heed Granny's advice and only trim. Ugh. I wish I could send some on to you!

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  5. No problem, Dan. I posted yours earlier this week. Hopefully you'll get it next week.

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  6. Stefaneener, considering I've never really cooked with Rosemary...actually, I haven't used it at all this whole year since I put that silly plant in the ground, I have more than I need. :) I've cut so much, bundled it and put it in the mailroom at school for the taking.

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  7. Happy new year! Well, I can't seem to remember to take any photos of dead stuff. All I have out there now i1 broccoli plant, and the onions. Which variety of broccoli are you growing?

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  8. I've never participated in GBDDay before, though I'm sure I'll be able to soon. I'm sure it's great to shatter any illusions of perfection that one might have about another blogger's garden.

    What's definitely not dying is your rosemary plant, unlike mine. :)

    Happy New Year's Day, Ribbit!

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  9. You know, EG, I don't remember, but the ones in there now were from transplants from the store.

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  10. Happy New Year's EG and Thomas!

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  11. Hello,

    I had never heard of GBDD before, but I love the idea! I have to think....the Snapdragons in my Children's Garden did not make it. I found your blog on Blotanical and would like to offer you a belated "Welcome". I am getting caught up on things now that the holidays are over. I look forward to your future posts :-)

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  12. Your garlic looks like mine! My plants certainly could use another layer of mulch especially with this cold front I saw coming in. BTW, my best friends and I were at Chateau Elan on the winery tour a few days ago! It wasn't until we were almost back in Midtown that I realized you live near there. lol
    Happy New Year!

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  13. Thanks, Azplantlady! GBDD is on the last day of each month. We spend so much time praising our gardens and showing the best that it's high time we allow ourselves to say we have failures as well. Check out Kate's blog. She does a great job with it.

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  14. KM, that's my exit. You were 4.3 miles from me!!

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  15. Hi! I just discovered your blog via Blotanical and after seeing all those seeds I'm excited to see the 'fruits' of your garden labor. Happy New Year to you and your family. Diana

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