Any experiements for next season?
The coolest thing about gardening is that there's always something new to try, something new to grow, some new method to experiment with. I'll be trying a couple of experiments this year. Stuff I can't believe I haven't tried before. Off the top of my head, I know I will:
1. Overwinter canna bulbs. I've never grown cannas before this year, and I was really impressed. In fact, I picked up a few shop-worn looking ones at the end of the season and I', going to try and save those along with Mimi's that I got at the swap. I've never saved any winter bulbs, but I've got a plastic mesh basket and a cool dry place.
2. Overwinter dormant perennials. I've staked out a corner of the interior (unheated) staircase in my apartment building for my fig, 2 lemon verbena, and 3-4 agapanthus. I'll be taping a thermometer next to the plants, and will try and take regular readings to keep on eye on the temps.
3. Create a "holding tub" for perennials. Next spring, I (and hopefully some others!) will be putting in a big garden on the bone-dry, full-sun slope in front of the office. I've been accumulating perennials on sale, but there is no way I'll get them into the ground this weekend -- I don't even have a plan! So I scavenged some large black plastic tubs from my pack-rat neighbor; 2'x3' and about 8" deep. I'm punching holes in the bottom, putting in a few layers of cardboard and coffee grounds/juice bar peelings, topping it up with garden/potting soil, and then heeling in the plants for the winter. (I have no room to do this at home, so I'll set the tub behind the station for the winter.)
4. More dormant rose cuttings. I actually did that this year for the first time, and was astonished at the results. 6" trimmings taken in December were 18" plants with their second or third flush of bloom in September. This year I'm using another one of the black plastic tubs and planting lots more of my beloved floribunda. And I just might make a mid-winter pilgrimage over to Whetstone Park of Roses....
And I haven't even thought about what weird things I want to try with winter sowing!
What new things will you be trying?