Garden Diary: September 15, 2017

Well, Hurricane Irma has come and gone, and I still have a living room full of plants. I wanted to do some much-needed maintenance before I put them back out, but I've been so exhausted, it didn't get done.

Everything fared well. A few plants got bent over, but I have propped them back up, and they seem to be fine now. Gladly, it hasn't rained for a few days, so maybe I can avoid losing so much to root rot.

I'm going tomorrow to be assigned my
community garden plot. I've decided to rid myself of many of my plants here in favor of working more there. I do have quite a few plants I can actually take there, like some of my edible hibiscus and of course, sweet potatoes next summer. I'll be buying a lot of starts for the community garden, because I'm not having much luck growing things from seed. I'm not going to plant tomatoes at all. I don't eat that many, and honestly, I'm just tired of fighting all the pests and diseases they get. I'll be planting mostly greens and root crops, hoping they do well -- lots of collards, turnips and mustard - my favorite greens! Not much lettuce, my least favorite green.

As for here, I"m going to sell or give away most of my potted plants, especially my tropicals. I struggle to find shade for them every year, and I'm just a little tired of having to keep so many of them in the house.. I'm thinking of clearing out my courtyard entirely and just having a few plants and ground cover. I got too carried away and now it's a mess! I'm even thinking of taking out the bananas. I want to turn it more into a place I can hang out than a place I have to work.

So that's it for now. I'll try to have some pictures soon.

Happy Gardening!