Garden 2012

April 26th, 2012

Way back during Spring Break, I started my seeds for my garden.

I potted up eggplant, bell peppers, black cherry tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes, as well as a few other varieties of tomatoes.  I also started a few perennials from seed including poppies, dwarf hollyhocks, and an heirloom daisy.

We have had an unusually warm Spring.  It got to 95 degrees today!  So my seeds have spent most of their time on the deck instead of on the kitchen table as they have in previous years.  On the few nights that the temperature threatened to drop below freezing, I threw a blanket over them, but for the most part, they have sat here on the deck growing in the warm sunshine.

I spend a ridiculous amount of time staring at my seedlings.

You don’t even want to know.

It’s warm out here on the deck.

And there are baby plants at which to stare.

Who wouldn’t want to be here?

See!

See how mesmerizing they are?

I also planted my pole beans.

Last year’s crop was abysmal, so this year I shook some green bean inoculant into the trench when I put the seeds down.

But about half way down the trench, I ran out of inoculant, so I spiked the rest of the trench with composted cow manure.

I am interested to see if they perform differently.

I also planted a few herbs.  Lemon and lime basil, stevia, and cilantro.  I planted lemon basil last year and it was the most wonderful basil I have ever had.  It was also SO MUCH EASIER to DRY than Italian basil.  Italian basil is very hard to dry.  I tried all sorts of different things – paper bags, dark, cool closets, hanging it up, laying it out, and it always ended up with black spots on it.  The lemon basil however dried beautifully.  I just laid it in a pile on the counter for a few weeks and presto – dried basil with BONUS lemony taste!  It’s an awesome plant.  I will never plant Italian basil again.

Last year I planted a few black heirloom cherry tomatoes.

There are no words to describe how deliciously sweet a black heirloom cherry tomato is.

I can’t wait for this year’s crop to mature.

In other news…

We have several new flowers at the Garden Center where I work for sale this year including the above pictured double wave petunia known as Sweet Sunshine Compact Nostalgia.

As of today there is only one hanging basket left of these flowers.

We carried them in packs and in four inch containers and they are long gone.

Sold out in only a few short weeks.

When they first came up, I didn’t even think they were that pretty.

I thought they were kind of faded and blah.

But looking at these photographs, I think quite differently.

I think next year I am gonna have to get me some.

Comments

  • Kait:

    I garden vicariously through you. Good luck. Can’t wait to see those tomatoes. I LOVE tomatoes. If I was allowed a garden box on my balcony, or hell had a kitchen window, I would try to grow tomatoes.

  • Looking good! Here where I live, we’ve barely had any days over 60 degrees and it is rain rain rain all the time! I’ve managed to get a few things in though – potatoes, onions, strawberries, raspberries (five plants!), and the various lettuce seeds are sprouting.

    My dog stepped on my brassica starts, and then the cat knocked them off of the windowsill… I guess I’ll be buying more than usual this year.

  • poppy:

    Oh, Rechelle, I love your gardening posts! I’m fighting slugs and snails right now. Nothing like growing zucc and cuc from seed, only to have the poor little guys get slimed over night. I finally broke down and bought some Sluggo, and it is breaking my heart to see the little snail carcasses scattered all around the garden areas. I can’t win. Lime basil! Did you try that last year? Sounds interesting! Do you know if lemon verbena can be started from seed? I can’t find anything online and don’t know anyone that has any that I can get a start from. I used to have a really nice plant when we lived in Iowa, but cannot find any out here. I don’t know what type of poppy you’re doing, but I just threw my California seeds out on a hill a few years ago, and now they come up like weeds. They die off in the early summer and the chamomile that was started the same way takes their place. Do you do nasturtium? They’re super pretty in the garden and the flowers give a little bite to salads. Apparently you can pickle the buds, but I’ve never done it.