Monday, April 4, 2011

They're BAccckkkk!

Another sunny day! Today I was planting seeds (in the garden beds and tree stumps)... which is always fun- but while i was putting new food into the ground i found a bunch of herbs I planted last year coming back up! This is when it feels like all the work paid off... not that it was ever work. Quite some hardy organic herbs here, because they had to withstand cold down to -20 degrees F, no sunshine at all, and feet of snow and ice piling & melting and piling again. **************************************************************** ......... Introducing the Luck Cabin's herb gardens :::: * catnip! (above) oregano! (below)
winter savory even lived!
some kind of fancy purple sage...
and comfrey (can not live without it, it is instant bee sting relief!)
lavender... for washing my hair in!
Thyme!!!! mmmm
Bee balm (the red and the magenta kind)...
all my mints, including chocolate!
sage :)))
and Yarrow (i use in my homemade bug repellent oil!)
YAY!!!!!! There is lemon balm and hyssop and goji berries that came back too... the dwarf fruits trees i planted last summer are making leaves and flower blooms. This is when i feel like i am in heaven.




Design Fetish said...

Yay!!! Those look yummy!!

I have to figure out a way to get my apartment garden started again. The pigeons keep stealing the seed from my plant boxes...I mean who doesn't love a garden full of lovely top soil. Stupid birds...

But seriously, how did they manage to stay alive through all that snow you had this winter?? That's got to be one serious green thumb you have!!

Leslie's Gone Oko said...

Hey DF ---
maybe you can put cheese clothe over your pots till the seeds get started? I wonder if they will want to eat the plants too... only one way to find out. actually two ways... trying and google. LOL

I think what helped my plants survive was a layered wood shavings and donkey poop on most everything... pretty thick amounts. Maybe it raised the temp with some of it's own composting action. Donkey poop really rules!

Design Fetish said...

Oooooh! I never thought of that!! I'm off to Whole Foods then! I hope they won't try to eat through it. Maybe if I attach it to the bottom of the plant boxes it'll hold the cloth down. I swear they ate 30 packets of seeds last spring before I gave up.

I had an uncle who used his farm's cow and horse manure on his family's gardens. :) He swore by it! Animal manure and some seriously amazing soil makes for some uber yummy veggies and herbs and fruit.

The day we get our house, I'm doing some major composting and intense gardening. But I wonder if it's possible to do it in an apartment? To Google!!!

Thanks for the suggestions!


William Blake said...


The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threat'ning horn:
While the Lily white shall in love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.

Nova Scotian said...

You should look around your area for Teaberries and transplant them to your garden, they taste like spearmint and you can use the leaves for a spearminty tea. They will multiply quite quickly.

Carol said...

All that snow acted as an insulator, especially in below 0 temps. As long as there is snow on the ground, I don't worry about my plants (fruit trees are a different matter). When it's very cold and no snow, those ground plants can be killed.

Sean said...

That's a friggin' awesome beautiful garden you've planted, Leslie! Very eager to see how the goji plants turn out. My attempts at growing a goji shrub never grew more than a pathetic little sprouty looking thing. Maybe the climate down in here in Chapel Hill is too balmy for them. Would be nice to try fresh goji berries one day (and MUCH cheaper than store-bought!).