Every year of gardening brings failures, successes, and lessons to be remembered. Last year, for example, we experienced an abundance of rain. During the month of July, it rained every day. Sometimes all day and other times it was just for a few hours. The lesson I learned very quickly is that there is such a thing as over watering. Over watering will either kill your plants or inhibit their growth. That month of heavy rain rotted half my garden and the rest of it grew small & tasteless vegetables.
This year, I have learned that planting my seeds in a raised bed filled with good dirt really does make a h-u-g-e difference in the taste and growth of my vegetables. Maybe that statement isn't true and it's just in my head, but I can't argue with the results in comparison to everything else that I planted into the ground.
I also purchased most of my seeds from Johnny Seeds this year instead of at Wal-Mart. That is probably my smartest move yet. Every seed I planted from Johnny Seeds grew and developed into large vegetables. Every seed packet I purchased from Lowes/Wal-Mart was a hit and miss. My spinach didn't sprout, my watermelon failed, my pumpkin plants failed, the cilantro failed, and parsley failed! The only seed I struggled to grow from Johnny Seeds were the onions. They sprouted fine enough, but they died before I could transplant them so I ended up purchasing bulbs instead.
I think I am going stop here for now. If I tried to sum up this whole season of gardening in one post, it would be a monster to sit and read! So this is it for now. :) (I can't wait to show you how much my lemon tree has grown since the picture below was taken! I'm such a nerd.)