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Weeding, Planting Herbs and Waiting

After lunch today I got in about an hour of weeding, mostly in the carrots and around the grape vines. Lot’s of dandelions this year, and something else I haven’t identified yet.

After that, I planted some garlic — I know, I know — it should’ve been in the ground last fall. Hopefully we’ll still get some this year, otherwise I’ll leave them in the ground until next year.  I planted two heads which had been sitting in my fridge for too long and had started to sprout. I’m not sure exactly kind of garlic it was. It was from the grocery store and had sprouted in my fridge after sitting in the bottom drawer for too long.

Thyme, Chives and Basil
Thyme, Chives and Basil

I also planted thyme, chives and basil. I don’t know that I have ever purchased chives, but we planted some a few years ago and they can barely keep up with us eating them now. Thyme we planted because we use it a little bit.

As you can see in the picture below, we had a lot more basil seeds than thyme or chives. The reason? PESTO! Last year we only had one small pesto bush. That was enough for cooking with, but not for making pesto. I planted a 6 foot x6 foot square area with basil today; hopefully that will be enough.

A bag full of basil seeds
A bag full of basil seeds
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2012 Garden Orders Placed

Happily, my garden orders will only be about $100 this year compared to $200 + dirt money we spent last year and the year before. The garden will be a little bit smaller which partly accounts for the decreased cost. The vine borers were so bad with the pumpkins last year that I’m not going to plant anything that they can eat. Hopefully a year of starving will keep them at bay, and I can grow some nice pumpkins again next year.

I have a lot of seeds left over from last year which helps too.  I only had to order one type of tomato this year.

Goals and Decisions

This year I decided I wanted to plant less types of plants, and to do more canning with the larger crops. I settled on beets, peas and basil. Beets because I like beets (and I bought a pound of beet seeds last year!), peas because you can never have too many fresh peas, and basil because last year’s crop was sufficient for cooking, but much too small to make pesto. And I love pesto.

I also focused on turning the garden next to our house into an herb garden. I just got accepted to the UMN Masters of Geographic Information Science, so I expect that the next couple of years will be very busy. I plan to continue gardening, but I want to reduce the amount of work it takes. I’m hoping that having an herb garden is part of that solution.

This Year’s Order: $101.23

The total isn’t actually in yet, because I haven’t bought the cherry tree, but it’s in the budget this time around and I know what kind I want. We’re going to get a North Star sour cherry tree. Here’s the rest of the order.

Next On The Todo List

Next up on the todo list is to clean my starter pots so they’ll be ready when the seeds get here. I also need to sharpen my lawn mower,  shovels and hoes. I bought a tiller that doesn’t start last fall, so I need to get that running and till the garden.

It’s nice to be working on gardening stuff again!

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Herb Garden, Flowers, and The Garden of Misfit Seeds

As I mentioned previously, Saturday was a busy day and I didn’t have pictures for everything that we did. Here’s the rest of what happened.

The last intentional planting of the day was the herbs. In the right planting area below we planted Basil, Thyme, Oregano and Cilantro. The Basil will eventually take over the whole plot, but that’s OK. We’ll enjoy the other herbs till it does.

Herbs and Rhubarb

The left planter in this picture is part of what I’m calling The Garden of Misfit Seeds. We had a lot of seeds left over this year. Partly since I didn’t know how many to get, and partly because we wanted a variety of plants and seeds came in minimum sized envelopes which were bigger than the size we needed. Not wanting to waste the seeds if possible, I decided that I would squeeze them around the property, even if I had to put them in locations and soil that was less than ideal. Here’s the nickel tour:

The left planter above got extra Rhubarb, Lettuce and Tomato seeds.

This lovely location was the recipient of some unwanted and unplanned chard. It’s planted on the house side of the bush in gravely rocky dirt. I would’ve planted it on the sunny side except that at planting time I hadn’t removed even that much gravel yet! The chard by the way is coming along great so far. The sprouts are strong and getting taller quickly.

Good luck chard!

This piece here will look familiar, that’s right, it’s the blueberry patch. The dirt where I dumped about 70 pounds of soil acidifies. Which acidifiers by the way, haven’t kicked in all the way…here’s hoping the blueberries survive. I combined all the tomato and peppers seeds into a single envelope and scattered them along the front area of the blueberry patch. The soil is probably too acidic, but maybe they’ll do something worthwhile.

Extra tomatoes and peppers go here

Then of course there’s the extra strip I dug yesterday…that wasn’t in my original plans. I also planted squash and pumpkins around the outside perimeter of the garden fence where the dirt was sandy and loose from having been turned over when I buried the rabbit fencing.

Italian Rose Bush Bean Row

The final destination for our extra misfit seeds is this poor patch of dirt here. There used to be a huge deck on the back of the house, which we ripped out last summer. Under the deck was sandy poor soil. We sodded over the part around the patio, but this big area is still ugly looking. Since we weren’t going to be buying any more soil this year, and since we weren’t going to buy and sod this year, I decided to plant the remainder of our seeds in it. It’s TERRIBLE sandy, rocky soil, especially along the border by the yard. We had some big envelopes of mixed flower seeds that we didn’t even know where they had come from. I mixed all the flower seeds together, roughed up the back 4 or 5 feet of dirt/gravel with a rake, scattered the seeds and raked a thin layer of dirt/gravel back over the top.

When we had extra cauliflower and broccoli seeds, those went in front of the flowers, and now pumpkins, Acorn squash and bush beans have filled out the rest of the area out to the edge. I even broke two shovels prying that ugly lump of shrub from the edge so I could keep a straight line with the last beans.

Poor patch of dirt

Incidentally the flowers are coming up pretty well as you can see here! The broccoli and cauliflower were breaking through the soil as of Saturday evening too.

Sprouting Flowers in poor dirt

I know that the dirt in these locations is not ideal and that the plants probably won’t do as well as they would have in the garden where they belong. I’m hopeful that I’ll get something though, and if not, well, that’s OK too.

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