This week I am taking a look back at how my blog did last year. In 2015, 58,000 visitors came to visit. That’s a substantial increase from the year before. I love to write but sometimes life gets so busy in the garden that I can’t find the time. Last summer was our first summer with no rain. Here in the lower mainland of BC we were worried that our drinking water would be jeopardized so watering restrictions became tough. I was out in the gardens using a trigger controlled hose and sprayer to water. Even if I stood there for the whole day there was no way I could dampen the gardens enough. We were not able to use soaker hoses, only drip irrigation. Drip irrigation on a half acre is not going to happen. This means I am looking for different plants for 2015. Plants that can take the heat. Or as I would call them, plants that pay the rent.
My readers came from over 156 countries last year. You have to remember that just because we are in winter here its summer on the other side of the world. People love to garden and look up all sorts of things. Some of my favourite posts are ones from last year. I wrote about saving Dahlia and Zinnia seeds and those posts were the ones most read.
It’s hard to keep gardening fresh as many tasks we do each season are repeated year after year. There are new trends in gardening each year. One of them is gardening with drought tolerant plants. That will be me. I hope to try out some of the new plantings I saw on a garden tour. I love the use of grasses and perennials in the landscape.
I will still be growing food and trying to maximize my harvests the best I can. Urban vegetable gardening is still big on the list for most gardeners. I find that many residents near me live in smaller spaces so they are growing in containers and on trellises. Few have acreage like we do. I am blessed to have bought a home many years ago before our real estate market went crazy.
I hope to do a few things on the blog. I am writing a couple of new books that I hope to offer. You will see some changes on the blog as I go forward so let me know if you like them.
One thing I would like to do is a feature plant of the month. I was surprised that many people had not grown Loves Lies Bleeding or Amaranth shown above. You see there are so many plants to choose from. Walking the garden centers can take your breath away. You want to buy them all. That’s not realistic and a waste of money if you get the wrong plant. Beware, just because a plant is ‘new’ doesn’t mean its good for your garden. Some of the tried and true plants are ones that have been around forever. Look at Great Plant Picks for plants that have proven their worth.
If you have read my blog for a while you know I am an avid seed saver. So I will talk more about saving seeds from specific plants. Saving seed is easy and you can grow plants for free. Free is good.
Is there anything you would like to see more of? As readers, I value your comments and enjoy the conversations we have had over the years.