October 4, 2013 by phicks2012
While my BLOG entries involving my garden don’t seem to be the most popular things I do, I continue to hope that persistence will eventually pay off, attracting mobs of herb, vegetable and fruit gardeners who will then magically become available to be consulted when something of a botanical nature misbehaves.
Currently, if little by little, I’m finding the best long-term locations for certain plants, and when I succeed I seem to have unusually good success — like dill plants nearly the size of trees and rampant rosemary — but I’m still having no luck with tomatoes, even when grown in pots with commercially prepared potting soil. They used to grown almost magically for me, but for the past few years they’ve been a disaster, and this year I harvested only three tomatoes off of four potted plants — don’t even get me STARTED about the disaster that was the Topsy Turvey planter! My peppers — all varieties — do great, but my asparagus plants (4-years old) still have only reedy little shoots rather than nice, fat stalks. My fig tree is covered with figs, but my old pomegranate never bore fruit, so I got another plant guaranteed to do so. 2-years later and it’s still a pitiful plant showing no promise of ever fruiting. I got two plantings of my squash this year, with plenty to eat, but my cilantro immediately shot up tall and then died. My sage is healthy, but I can’t get lavender to survive — go figure.
So I’m soliciting advice from anyone out there with a talent for tomotoes, asparagus, pomegranates, cilantro and/or lavender. If you are a wizard with one of these, PLEASE let me know so that next year I can improve!