This is the last post in this series and it’s Petunia’s turn from Petunia’s Garden in Washington, USA. Enjoy!

When did you start gardening as a hobby?

I’ve enjoyed growing herbs, flowers and vegetables for years but had a number of dark years without a sunny enough spot. Now I’m enjoying it all again and this is the second summer for my current garden.

Why did you start blogging about your garden/ gardening topics?

I spent a rainy Saturday this past March hunting around the internet for vegetable garden ideas and photos and that is when I discovered garden blogs, especially those about allotment gardens in the UK. Before the day was done, I had my own blog! I thought it would be fun to share with family & friends that don’t live nearby and a great way to keep a garden journal. It has been all of that and more.

What’s the best gardening tip you picked up along the way?

Other gardeners have been a source of inspiration to try things I haven’t grown before and a source of tips on how to grow them. After reading about them, I planted parsnips. I also planted pole beans and runner beans for the first time this year. A number of gardeners blogged about trenching to help feed and provide moisture for the beans. It made me spend a little extra effort on the soil for my beans and they seem to have benefited.
And, oh the recipes for using fresh vegetables! That’s been a tasty benefit also.

If you had to start your garden again from scratch, what would be the first thing you would do and why?

If I started the garden over, it would be “out with the grass”! I left grass paths between my beds last year and it was a constant battle. This year, I smothered them out with newspaper and burlap bags and have loved it.

Now, every new area will first get a covering of compost/leaves, then a layer of newspapers then burlap bags or other coverings. After a while, the bags will be removed and everything else will be tilled or dug in. Then back go the bags until it is planted. Pathways between the beds will most always have a covering (I do find used burlap green coffee bags to be a convenient size and available in my area) to discourage grass and weeds.

If you were only allowed to have one plant in your garden, what would it be?

I’ll go with my first instinct and say I must have lavender in the garden and anywhere else (see July archives for lavender field visits). There are other herbs that come to mind too, but lavender was the first. The fragrance of the plant when it’s petted, the flowers, the bees – it is such a happy plant. A nice little holy basil plant first captured by gardening attention years ago. The frangrances, flowers and undemanding nature of herbs, plus the eating part, mean herbs are welcome anywhere in my garden and yard.

What will your garden look like in 10 years time?

In 10 years or less, my garden will be about half herbs and non demanding flowers, and half vegetables. The beds will be more or less in their place with some handy seats mixed in. There will be more satellite garden areas (like the pumpkin/sunflower patch this year) around the yard. There will be different seasons of the garden, but no non-gardening season. Lots of birds, bees and earthworms too.

Thanks for this little look at my garden in western Washington, USA.