Sunday, March 31, 2013
The chicken wire has effectively kept the cats out of the dirt. They really don't like leaving things on top of the ground so when they realized they couldn't bury their oh so unwanted gifts they stopped leaving them. The bean sprout is one of the more obvious ones since you can see the bean split on the plant.
There are also some beets on the side of the house that are further along and could be used in a salad or possibly pulled and cooked.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I've seen callas but these were twice the size I've seen from any florist. This is of course one of the better times to find them fresh which is why you will often see them in spring arrangements.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
We planted a whole corner with garlic from a few bulbs we had lying around that were neededing to be replaced anyway. We also planted onion seeds in about half of it.
Potatoes are also good in a sandy soil although they need more room. We planted a few in the back of the back bed and will see how they do.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Spring has sprung even if the plant store is a little more wary. We've already got plants in the ground and seeds from last year are already popping up and saying hi.
Among the returnnig plants are the dill, which has come up in a carpet in the area it was in last year and is already attracting the black swallow tail butterflies, and the cilantro or chinese parsley, which again doesn't want to grow in the planting beds but likes to stretch out and grow in the rocks. I think this is partly due to the birds eating most of the seed they can see on the dirt and when they're in the rocks it's harder for the birds to get to them and swallow them up.
From the plants that come back from the root we have the purple cone flower, hollyhock, a wide variety of iris, daylily, ferns, a basil plant that just didn't want to die, lemongrass, fennel, and onion.
The survivors who stayed green and happy all winter were oregano, thyme, lavender, green onion, rosemary, the monster beet, and of course the live oak.
We've planted seeds, starting from north to south, for corn, bush beans, beets, carrots, onion, and radishes.
Plants we've put in as plants are tomato, thyme, and rue (near our rose bush out front). So far everything seems to be acclimating well. the tomatoes, which usually droop a little at first, never even tipped a leaf. We actually planted two thyme plants, a lemon thyme next to the one that's finally acclimating well and a yellow leaf thyme out near the fennel.