Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Garden update

sweet potato hill
We worked hard in the garden over Memorial Day weekend. Chuck got the sweet potatoes planted- 25 Beauregard plants, which we think are the ones we liked best from last year, and 25 Vardaman plants. I think next year I may order my slips from Sand Hill Preservation just to get a little choice and variety.

The herb garden is filling out- 5 of a new kind of rosemary called Barbecue are in a pot. Supposedly these yield longer, straight and sturdy stems good for skewering meat to barbecue. In the ground are a cilantro plant, already been harvesting some of it's leaves since it bolts so quickly, a yarrow, a dill, green Greek Basil, purple basil, the bronze fennel, 3 chive plants, and a perennial spinach substitute called Good King Henry. I have read about it for years, but had never seen one- when I ran into them at the Amish greenhouse, I bought it just to see. Around the edges of the bed, in the holes of the cinderblocks I put in an oregano, a Doones Thyme and Wedgewood thyme plant. Still to be placed is a Gota Kola plant- my directions say to plant it in the shade of a grape arbor, but I am not too sure about how that will work. I may put it between the bird bath and the sage plant. In another pot are 3 pineapple sages, and a Gerbera Daisy. Can you see the 2 thistle plants growing in the cinder blocks? I keep trying to remove them, but I never have my gardening gloves when I am out there. Actually, I keep hoping Chuck will take them out for me!
Apparently Boodles has enrolled herself in a gardener apprentice program- she has been digging holes all over the yard.
This afternoon I will be making rhubarb jam and steaming spinach to freeze. We like to add spinach to stirfries and to pizza, and I try to keep a good supply of local on hand. My spinach patch is about to bolt, so I plant to pull most of it today, and plant amaranth where the spinach was. Another spinach crop will go in the ground in the fall.

Tomorrow we are attending a Rain Barrel Workshop put on by the nearby Penn State Extension Center. For $25 we get a rain barrel and instructions on how to best use them. I'm very excited by that- we have one rain barrel, and I would like to have one for each downspout.


Julia said...

Nice pic of herbs and birdbath. What do you think of the staw bale thing thus far?

I looked at all pix on Snapfish and see that you like the common Columbine as I do---mine came from MO and thinking that yours might too. It's the first thing to bloom in my garden, followed by the catmint and (just now) some iris. My part of Minnesota is just unbelievably dry...

Happy gardening!

Willa said...

I always think of you when I plant a pineapple sage- I try to have one every year!

The Columbine I have is not the wild one we see in MO- it's a little showier. I actually like the wild one better, but left mine there in St. Louis when we moved.

Julia said...

Hey, I have a pineapple sage this year! I am nutty for sages and salvias, and that where most of my "annuals" dollars go. For the hummingbirds of course.

We will have to remedy the columbine situation...

Say, what is the little statue in your poppy bed by the house?