March 2018 Garden Tour

  • These lovely plants will be available for sale at the Festival of Legends 2018: Mugwort, Elderberry, Soapwort, and Bee Balm
  • New life on the peach tree that we planted about a month ago. Yay!
  • Purple dead nettle (Lamium purpureum) - the chickens love it, and it goes into my spring pesto batches, too!
  • A quick brick flower bed that both blocks some old pipes from being kicked and uses up a corner of the yard.
  • Put in the dirt last fall, now coming up in huge bunches!
  • I learned this year how elderberries spread...wow!
  • Bloodroot - Sanguinaria Canadensis - an endangered native medicinal
  • Oregano and Thyme, bent forks and broken pottery. These guys had a tough winter, but they're recovering!

Plow & Hearth

In early March, we got a great start with digging in some bare root trees and berry bushes. They’re showing life, and we couldn’t be more thrilled since this is our first time working with bare root plants! Everyone is leafing out and starting to get green where they were only brown.

I’ve transplanted our wee hyssop from where it was struggling under the large leaves of the echinacea clumps near where it had been planted over to the base of the Stayman apple tree that we planted. I expected it to have a bit of a fit (as transplants sometimes do) but instead, it is already stronger, greener, and taller!

On March 31, I started a handful of seeds. In little peat pots, we have planted:

  • Roma tomatoes
  • Orange Habañeros
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Borage
  • Cilantro
  • Dwarf Grey Sugar Pea (https://www.rareseeds.com/dwarf-grey-sugar-pea/)

Need help with your garden plot? Check out The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil by Susan Vinskofski

I had a broken old red and white enamel double boiler pot that was the first ever honey-infusing pot that I used for Pixie’s Pocket. I’ve been hanging on to it because I couldn’t bear to let it go. I finally decided to repurpose it as planters so that I don’t have to throw them away and can still gaze lovingly upon them! The interior pot has Garden Sage and the exterior pot has Mountain Mint planted in it, and I hope they grow strong this year.

You’ll notice in the gallery above that the kitchen garden is becoming literal in its theme. I have old forks and broken ceramics and other unusable kitchen gear being repurposed as planters or decor. It will eventually look rather like a chaotic tea party out there!

A spare cement pot that grew spurge and other weeds beautifully last year now contains a handful of Calendula seeds. Some of the cinderblocks around the greenhouse now contain potting soil and Zinnia seeds!

We have plans for a new garden bed to eventually house the tomatoes and peppers and peas, but we haven’t gotten it set nor filled yet.  We are als0 a bit late to get potatoes in, but we’re going to build a few tire towers with some potato starts that we got from Sow True Seed.

On the sad side of the inventory front, I killed the Rosemary and I’m not sure if the Feverfew will bounce back. My indoor plants fared terribly – I even killed a spider plant or two…that takes seriously dedicated neglect!

In the miraculous news, I had a pot full of lilies of the valley bulbs. I ignored them last year and I thought they were dead, but they have returned in spades!

Well, there’s more projects that I need to take care of outdoors. I hope you and yours are doing well! May your gardens grow strong and happy!

Last update was on: July 17, 2018 5:55 am

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