Tag Archives: herbs

The yard and what’s growing

Look closely under the guarding gnome!!

Look closely under the guarding gnome!!

 

He's so cute!  He's guarding us and meets everyone at the front gate.  I hope he stays all summer.

He’s so cute! He’s guarding us and meets everyone at the front gate. I hope he stays all summer.

 

Here’s what’s blooming in the yard this week:

Hostas

Hostas

Peppermint rose

Peppermint rose

More hostas-the hummingbirds love these.

More hostas-the hummingbirds love these.

Bell flowers

Bell flowers

Lilies

Lilies

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Castor bean

Castor bean

hyacinth bean-getting a late start.

hyacinth bean-getting a late start.

The potted group-can't remember the name of the blooming flowers but they are so pretty.  I think it's like a miniature begonia or  double impatien.

The potted group-can’t remember the name of the blooming flowers but they are so pretty. I think it’s like a miniature begonia or double impatien.

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I can never remember the name of these but its a perennial and the leaves are like lambs ear or dusty miller but it's not either of those.

I can never remember the name of these but its a perennial and the leaves are like lambs ear or dusty miller but it’s not either of those.

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I took the herbs out of the clay pots that were hanging on the coal house because they just didn’t look healthy.  This year I tried putting them in larger pots but that didn’t help so I moved them in the yard in front of the corner flower bed.  We’ll see how they do!  There’s parsley, lemon balm, lime basil, cilantro, orange mint, peppermint, purple sage, lemon thyme, oregano, and cinnamon basil.  The oregano and lemon thyme look the worst but I’m hoping with a little loving care they’ll come back.

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I also harvested one batch of garlic and getting ready to start a new batch but have to kill the wire grass that the birds have so kindly planted in all my flower beds.  The garlic looks really good and now it’s drying before I store it.

Fresh garlic

Fresh garlic

Garlic pulled and ready to dry!

Garlic pulled and ready to dry!

Thinking ahead to spring

I know it’s still winter but frankly I’m tired of it and yes, here I go wishing my life away again.  Spring is just around the corner and since Friday is the first day of March and it takes 6-8 weeks to pop up good and get transplanted in bigger pots before going in the ground, I decided to start a couple of things.   Was that the longest craziest sentence you ever read 😉 ????

Sunday I made macaroni salad and had some “fresh” celery I used in it so I chopped the root end off of it and set it in a saucer full of warm water.  I remember seeing several blogs where we could start our own celery that way so I’m thinking I’ll try it. I sit it in the kitchen window until I could clean up a good flower-pot and get some good potting soil.  Last night I was sitting at the kitchen table and looked over at the window and there were sprouts coming up out of the celery.  I was absolutely shocked and excited.  So, after supper I rounded up the pots, yes pots, and moved to the back porch to get to work.  About four or five weeks ago I had started some herbs too and they were ready to be transplanted.  Here’s the proof of my work and now we just have to wait and see how it goes.  Hubby says I’m jumping the gun!!

Italian basil

Italian basil

Celery

Celery

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Sweet potatoes I started in November are going wild.

Sweet potatoes I started in November are going wild.

Winter Thyme

Winter Thyme

Lemon basil

Cinnamon basil

Lime basil

Lime basil

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More Celery sprouting

More Celery sprouting

Sweet basil

Sweet basil

Another sweet potatoe.  We love sweet potatoes but I always way too late to get them in the ground.

Another sweet potatoe. We love sweet potatoes but I always way too late to get them in the ground.

Now we just wait for old man winter to scoot on out of here and let spring herald it’s glory!!!

My herb garden

Back in the spring I was browsing around on Pinterest, which I love.  (http://pinterest.com/)  Pinterest is an online pin board where you can organize and share things you love.  I digress, sorry!!

 

On Pinterest I found this neat way to grow herbs on a wall.  I have a wonderful friend that has a woodworking shop and he made me some pot holders.  I ordered the herb seeds that I use and love.  I cleaned up the insides of 12 clay pots and filled them with dirt and planted my seeds.  When they started sprouting I hung them on the coal house on the farm and now I have little seedlings growing quickly on  a wall and the chickens can’t get to them. (Chickens love to dig up flower and vegetable gardens.)  Here’s the beginnings and I’ll post again before and when they’re harvested.  The pots have marjoram, lime basil, sage, garlic chives, lemon basil, oregano, sweet basil, Italian basil, stevia, parsley, cilantro and catnip for the kitties.