This year, there will be two additional considerations to the garden planning: deer and money.
Deer, because the dratted beasts found the garden last year and even bit off the tomatoes, which they then did not eat.
Money, because buying lots of plants the silly deer then eat is expensive, but buying herbs and vegetables from the local supermarket is even more so! More than ever, I am determined to carve out some sort of a producing and productive garden which will find its way onto our plates and into our bellies.
By way of lessons from last year, unless and until we get a 10 foot fence around the place, I will have to keep the cayenne pepper on hand to apply to bean plant leaves, green tomatoes and day lilly buds. Reapply after rain.
Cucumbers and zucchini are safe bets, but get more germander to plant around them to bring on the bees. More bees, more pollination; more pollination, more fruit. I may have to learn to like zucchini this year. A year or two ago I learned to like tomatoes, so what's the big deal, I guess? Still, I can't believe my palate is being determined by what the deer won't eat!
Speaking of germander, I may be substituting it for the boxwood which have done pretty much nothing since they were planted several years ago. Several have died, which maybe is something, but the rest have stayed absolutely the same. No growth whatsoever. That's unnatural. It seems clear they're not crazy about the place.
The deer leave them alone, so that's a point in their favor. But otherwise, they just look kind of silly: small little green dots that have failed to grow up and fill in. . . . Maybe I'll put little germanders in between each and see what happens. They'll either take over, or encourage the box to get growing!
I think I might also have to acknowledge that lavender is not my best choice for these conditions. I keep replacing the ones that turn black and die. Instead, I need to find something that will thrive there instead of torturing more lavender! I do have one or two places where they've hung on, so I might keep the lavender that have survived but put - hey, germander seems much on my mind - I'll put germander wherever the lavender have failed and see what happens!
Next up: planting all the seeds I saved from last year. I'm already a month behind. . . .