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Saturday, March 14, 2009

'Tis the Season & Herb update

Yes, I know that officially Spring is still 6 days away. Unofficially, it's even farther than that, but I cannot help wanting to be out there, planning and preparing for the upcoming gardening season. You can see there is a lot of work to be done: That photo was taken at 7:45 a.m., before the sun came over the garage and everything was still frosty out there. You can see the piles of leaves I raked out from beside the deck yesterday. There is still lots more to clean up. This looks pretty bleak, I know, but there are teensy little tulip leaves poking out of the ground in front of the garden bench. You can't see them in the photo, but they're there...
This pile needs to be sorted and put away. It'll be a couple of months before I fill up the tipsy pots again, and I look forward to it.

These things will be employed to their fullest capacity, I'm sure. We could use another pair of hands - there are plenty of wheelbarrows... No, these kitty boys don't count. They'd just want to roll around in the leaves and chase birds.
They're excited about all the preparation that's happening, though. Think they read what's printed on this seed packet?

Herb update: Remember the little herb garden thing I got for Christmas? They were going along pretty nicely at first, but eventually the chives just shriveled up and I tossed them. A few weeks later the dill followed suit, even though it got little feathery fronds and I thought perhaps it might be saved.
That made me extra vigilant with the basil, and so far it's doing well. The package said I'd be harvesting it six weeks after planting, and that would have been about a month ago - you can see that hasn't happened. I have high hopes that these two plants will be the cornerstone of my basil crop for the summer, though. I'll continue to baby them inside until it's warm enough to introduce them to the great outdoors.
I just love fresh basil, don't you?


3 comments:

Msrobin said...

Doesn't it feel great to be out in the yard again, even if it's still a bit chilly? My little Chia herb garden hasn't made much progress either. The basil seedlings kept dying off, I've only got one left and it's pretty tiny! The plan was to have herbs in winter till the garden herbs kick in. Right.

Msrobin said...

Only took a few weeks for my branches to blossom, but I suppose it depends on which kind you try. Forsythias are quite common, but I had to work with what I had!

Kay said...

I tried to plant lettuce starts today, but got called away. The potting soil is in the egg carton. I guess I'll plant tomorrow, even if it isn't 70 and sunny.

No peepers sounding, so it's not really spring just yet.