So much awesomesauce in the yard this weekend. Yesterday we started seeds for Poppies, Nasturtium, Clary Sage (won’t bloom until next year), Hollyhocks (again, in a year), Sunflowers, Zinnias, Cypress Vine, Chinese Lanterns, Nigella, Marigolds, Morning Glories, Beets, Sweet Peas and a few others I can’t think of at the moment. So, the edible garden now has Tomatoes, Basil, Greek Oregano, Thyme, Oregano, Cilantro, Banana Peppers, Habanero Peppers, Bell Peppers, Pablano Peppers, Serrano Peppers, Beets, Okra, Collards, Squash, Zucchini, Eggplant and Cantaloupe. We’re waiting for the lettuce to sprout.
We recently planted some Hyssop, Rue, Veronica, Lemon Balm, Bee Balm and the Mint is starting to run wild. We bought another tiny creeping Mint that is quite delightful. Trying to grow Fennel for their seeds for the amount of space we have and for the amount of work involved isn’t worth it, but we’re going to grow it to use the bulb in cooking. I’m ready to start another raised bed for herbs and flowers.
We starting installing the gutters along the back on Saturday and added the first of two rain chains. We bought them at Tuesday Morning for a pretty sweet price. They’re obviously not copper but as much as I love it, do we really have to have copper cups and chains? Each chain is eight feet long and we have about a twelve foot drop from the eave so we’re going to pick up some link chain and add a few spacer links between each cup. We’re going to buy the rain barrels soon so in the interim the rain will fall into a large ceramic pot with pea grave that will allow the water to gently trickle into the soil. I also hope to train some vining/creeping plants along the outside of the rain barrels when they go in the garden.
I think that’s it for this edition of the garden report. ♥
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