|The raised planter and some of the pots. There are so many seedlings in this photo!|
Gardening - it is a thing that I do sometimes. I'm pretty lazy, so I don't always weed when I should, or remember to water consistently, and I have a toddler 'helper', so it is generally not worthy of a magazine photoshoot. However, it is something that brings me pleasure, especially the bit where the food parts ripen and I get to eat them. Plus, the toddler seems to enjoy being outside with her little gardening tools, digging holes and yelling "I help! I do it!"
I've planted stuff out back in the last few weekends, laughing (carefully, while knocking on wood, just in case) at the prospect of a late frost. As gardens are always a work in progress, especially when you inherit a space, we're still working out some placement issues. This means that there are still seed packets on my kitchen table, and empty pots in the shed.
Here is a little list of what is already in the ground (most seeds and seedlings I purchased from Urban Harvest, although a few seedlings came from one of the convenience stores near my home).
- Mountain Princess Tomato (it is a determinate, so it is in a pot. We'll see how it goes)
- Isis Candy Cherry Tomato (isn't that a great name? Apparently, the individual tomatoes ripen in all different colours. Whee!)
- a rainbow pack of carrot seeds (including: Atomic Red, Cosmic Purple, Lunar White, Scarlet Nantes and Solar Yellow)
- Six Week Bush Beans
- Sugar Daddy Sugar Snap Peas
- French Breakfast Radishes
- Watermelon Radishes (not yet planted, but these are neat. They are green inside instead of white, so they look like little watermelons)
- Lipstick Sweet Red Pepper
- Onions - I planted Evergreen Bunching Onion seeds, but something dug up that patch, so I planted yellow onion seedlings in the same area. Hopefully, I'll get both!
- A 'Lucious Lettuce' variety seed pack of lettuces
- Dwarf Nasturtium
- potatoes, that I took from our produce delivery box
- French fingerling potatoes
- A new second blueberry plant (one of the two I planted last year got attacked by local wildlife and did not survive)
- Two new strawberry plants (about half the existing strawberry patch did not survive the winter)
- A sunflower mix (not yet planted)
I also added to the herbs. The chives, oregano, thyme and lavender all survived the winter. New is:
- garden sage
- spicy globe basil
- dark opal basil
- cinnamon basil (what can I say? I'm apparently a sucker for basil)
- and an additional bit of lavender.
Are you planting anything this season?