The first frost of the season is steadily approaching which means the end of the cutting gardens at Trisha's Flowers for the year. Things are looking very different since we've already pulled out quite a bit, and harvested some flowers for drying. We wanted to give you an update of how the garden went this summer, based on a blog post (check out the post here) we did this Spring telling you about some new techniques we were going to try.
First, let's talk about woven ground cover. This was our first year using this to help with weeds and let me tell you, it was worth it! The tarp almost completely eliminates weeds, and helps hold in moisture longer. Also, we saved a lot of time and money by not mulching the areas where we used the tarp. We definitely plan on using this again next year and are so happy with the results! Here's an example of what it looked like when we first planted:
(Photo Source: Floret Farm)
Next, we also tried doing a layer of wet newspaper, with top soil on top to plant seeds directly in. This also worked really well for us. The top soil was obviously weed free to begin with, which seemed to give the little seeds a head start in the growing process. Those areas did get some weeds, but much less than normal which is always a good thing.
Now we're getting ready to plant some more tulip bulbs, a few new peonies, and some anemones! All of these will go in the ground in the next days and they get us so excited for Spring! The peonies take 3 years to really flower, so we won't be seeing anything from them next year, but we look forward to introducing anemones again! Hope you're enjoying fall and these last few warm days before winter is upon us!