...Often go awry....
Okay, so July it was the humidity that damaged the garden. August had back to back thunderstorms and then hurricane Irene finished the month off with a real big bang....Oh! And then the earthquake for good measure! Jeese, how could I forget that?
Most of the herbs survived fine, but all the other plants were turned to mush. LOL Ah, well. So it goes....
Now, early September, and I must clean out the garden before the 19th. They are closing early because the park where we are situated will be getting some renovations done during the coming year.
Some of the things I learned from the garden this season? Well, I will definitely go with a smaller space next year. This 30'x30' area was fun, but it was too much for one person to handle, even when I was able to get there 3 to 4 times a week.
What will I do next? Plan much farther ahead. I saw what things worked well and what did only so-so. I will plan next year accordingly. I am also looking into a different community garden.
I will be digging up a few items to take home, the Lamb's Ear, Stevia, Rue, Spiderwort, Blue Verbena, Patchouli, St. John's Wort, Artichoke (which did well, but never produced a flower), Spilanthes (Tooth-ache Plant, which is doing splendidly and is simply a lovely plant), and not much else. The Wolf's Bane all died away, sorry to say.
The Cloisters is a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Just the place for the aspiring herb gardener to check out exactly what types of herbs a witch might have grown way back when. They also have a terrific Blog called "The Medieval Garden Enclosed."
Also in Central Park is The Arthur Ross Pinetum, a four-acre landscape that features 17 different species of pine trees, as well as an Azalea Pond, Conservatory Garden, the Dene and the Gill, a great Naturalist's Walk, the Olmsted Flower Bed, and the Shakespeare Garden.
And last, but not least, there is Steve Brill, the "Wildman of New York." Steve is an environmental educator who gives tours and presentations in Central Park (and elsewhere) that feature a great diversity and abundance of seasonal edible and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms. Gotta see this guy! Can't wait.