I had many gardening successes this year: a couple of dozen zucchini, a few larger than I would have liked; lots of Swiss chard and kale; a couple of servings of beans; carrots, most of which I have yet to harvest; the usual tomato dilemma here – a few red ones and lots of green ones.
The cucumbers were a surprise: They came on late, but were prolific. My daughter asked for some July and early August, but I had mostly blossoms then. I have lots now. It’s hard to get them all eaten. I see why people make pickles.
The mistakes. I accepted some tomato plants from my neighbor. I had many more tomatoes than I could use. And, for three of the plants, I just let them lay on the ground rather than staking them up. Not a good idea. Slugs got to them easily.
Other disappointments: corn seedlings on sale turned out to be popcorn, rows of lettuce were too long to eat easily, and the green beans didn’t produce as much as I would have liked.
However, the biggest failure in my yard was three emerald green arborvitae that I had planted to replace two that had died. The new ones didn’t make it either.
Here what’s going on with other baby boomer bloggers:
Upgrading and replacing appliances and other items are to be expected when living in an older home. Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting briefly considered replacing a household necessity in her 70-year-old house. Baer decided against spending the money now. Read about her thoughts in “Toilet Talk.”
Tom Sightings of Sightings Over Sixty went to a seminar focused not on money, but on all the other aspects of retirement. And yet, as he describes in “Retirement: An Attitude Adjustment,” one of the best lessons he learned was how to take the pressure off of your retirement finances.
It's hard to believe a boomer anthem that's some 50 years old captures the 21st century so powerfully. But Carol Cassara at Heart•Mind•Soul explains why she believes that and includes a powerful contemporary version of the song for your consideration.
This is the 469th issue of the Best of Boomer Blogs. Click on the links to read more. And, I hope you have many successes this week.