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A Challenging Year in the Garden

Beautiful flowers despite the weather

praying mantis ona burnt orange dahlia

Christina Tyzzer is sharing a look back at the gardening year with us as we move into fall.

We garden in Indiana in Zone 6a. It has been a hot, dry year, and so a bit challenging, but we learn so much through these challenges. Here is a look at our 2022 garden.

fenced in vegetable gardenThe vegetable garden is promising a great harvest in a few short months! We did learn that the tomatoes cannot be tied to our 6-foot fence next year, as those red globes are just too enticing to the chickens! They got all of the first fruit by pecking through the fence.

rows of orange, pink, and yellow zinnia flowersThe ‘Queen Lime’ zinnias (Zinnia elegans ‘Queen Lime’, annual) bring in plenty of pollinators and beneficial insects . . .

large dog next to small vase of pink flowers. . . and make beautiful bouquets to drool over.

close up of bright pink dahliasThe dahlias (Dahlia variabilis, Zones 8–10 or as tender bulbs) provided the biggest challenge, with many days over 90°F.

praying mantis ona burnt orange dahliaThis praying mantis on a “Brown Sugar” dahlia didn’t mind the heat.

front porch with pumpkins and halloween decorationsAnd now that this long, hot season is drawing to a close, we are so thankful for what the garden has given us. It continues to provide for the winter table and to give us delightful (albeit spooky) fall decorations with beautifully delicious winter squash (Waltham butternut, spaghetti, and Musque de Provence pumpkins). I am now ready for the cleanup to begin, and I have many improvements planned for the 2023 season!

If you are looking back on the spring and summer of gardening as we move into fall, we’d love to see pictures of what worked (or didn’t) in your garden. Send them in to the GPOD!


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    treasuresmom 09/28/2022

    Love those dahlias & zinnias.

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    simplesue 09/28/2022

    Oh I'd love to have a huge vegetable garden like yours with chickens running around and zinnias!
    Oh and winter squash and pumpkins! Super nice!

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