Posts tagged ‘herbs’

July 14, 2013

Switcheroo

Today, while I was waiting for Adele to dry off outside from a bath, I decided it was time to re-arrange the garden a bit to give some folks some more room.  The summer savory, for instance, seemed to be flourishing while the lavender hasn’t really done much of anything all summer.  I removed one of the two savories for drying and shifted the center lavender over to another box where there was a perfect little spot for it between the purple sage.

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Lastly, I thought I’d give the rosemary a little room.  We have been enjoying the lemon thyme a lot on potatoes, omlettes, chicken, etc. but it was looking weird going straight across in the round container. Here’s the rosemary with more space and the thyme curving around.  For all of these, I just put the spade in about 4 inches out from the center of the plant, went deep, and crossed my fingers that the minor snapping of roots that I heard wasn’t enough to doom the plants to die. We’ll see how it goes.

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June 12, 2013

Adele is an herbivore…

The herbs are doing great and no signs of squirrel interest!  We’ve had a good amount of rain, but on the couple of really hot days the herbs had a growth spurt.  I read that putting red pepper flakes on the soil keeps dogs out… totally didn’t work. We had to just protect the seedlings from her for a few weeks and now that they’re bigger, she mostly leaves them alone (or just wants to eat the dirt).  She does like taking a nip at the lemongrass every now and then though!

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May 4, 2013

Lazy with the seedlings…

So what they say is true. Starting plants from seed is hard!! Even with the fancy heating mat.  While some began to come up quickly, others did not.  I think with so many different kinds of seeds on the mat it was just impossible to give every little plant what they wanted.  So we caved and bought seedlings.  Because we were fairly early in the season, the farmstands had almost everything we wanted: basil, mint, oregano, lavender, rosemary, thyme, lemon thyme, purple sage, bee balm, winter and summer savory, lemongrass. Most came from Wilson Farm and some from Verrill Farm.

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I didn’t find any shiso or hyssop at the farms, so I redoubled my efforts on the heating mat, but focused only on those two.  It worked! Here they are having just been moved to slightly bigger pots (and still under the fluorescent lamp – which was a normal house lamp with a fluorescent bulb in it).

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April 21, 2013

Herbs this year!

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Soooooo, we tried veggies and the squirrels ate them. Then we tried flowering vines and found out they’re toxic to dogs (sorry Adele!!). So this year we’re trying big beautiful herbs. Hopefully neither squirrels nor dogs will want to eat them.

Seeds are from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and we are trying a fancy little seed starter kit – warming mat plus plastic dome. The hyssop which was supposed to germinate in a couple weeks came up in 3 days! Lemongrass, thyme and marjoram are also up.

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