Gardening – That’s Where I’ve Been

May 5th, 2008

I realize that I haven’t posted in about a week, which is quite a long time compared to my normal rotation. We’ve been blessed with wonderful weather outside, and I’ve been afflicted with a drive to take every available second of my time, and spend it working in our garden. Yes, the aquariums have suffered a little bit, so for now, I may as well update you on the garden.

Raised Brick Pond

I’ve started putting a few things out in the raised brick pond, with the most prominent being a severely trimmed back onion plant that I got from another GWAPA member. I potted the two stalks in their own pot with some fresh aquasoil, and planted Marsilea quadrafolia and Riccia fluitans around it. Unfortunately, I think the tannins in the aquasoil has stained the water a bit brown for the time being.

OKRA

Elsewhere in the garden, I’ve prepared a number of beds, transplanting some plants into the soil, while in others, I’ve planted seeds, such as the Okra seeds above. Pond Bean Tripod

I’ve setup my usual tripod for pole beans, but this time, am experimenting growing some grape tomatoes underneath the same tripod, which should hopefully act as a nice tomato cage. I also added some everbearing strawberries in the bed around the tripods, which hopefully should be fully established by next spring.

Grape Buds

The grape vine has new growth shooting out all over the place, with countless little grape clusters starting to form like the one above. Last year, nearly all of the grapes were enjoyed by birds (or possibly neighborhood kids), so we’ll just have to wait and see how it all pans out this fall.

Collard Green Flowers

Also leftover from last year, the collard greens have all gone to flower, sending up 6 foot tall shoots, covered with pretty yellow flowers. The blooms have really added a nice touch of color to the garden while most of the other plants are just starting to get going.

Parsley

We’ve got a vast array of herbs in the garden, which eventually end up in some wonderfully seasoned, fresh meals throughout the summer. So far, this years’ herbs should include parsley, oregano, rosemary, dill, sage, lemon grass, lemon basil, Thai basil, Italian basil, lavender, marjoram, catnip, spearmint, cilantro, chives, and chamomile.

Purslane

Finally, I’ve hung up some beautiful baskets of purslane from a great local nursery near us. Hardy, ever-blooming, and drought-resistant, they’re almost the unkillable, beautiful flower. And did I mention that they’re pretty?

Now that most of my garden plants are in the ground, I’m hoping to get back to my aquariums. Aquarium updates coming this week, I promise!

9 Responses to “Gardening – That’s Where I’ve Been”

  1. Jason Says:

    Man, I need to get a house. Apartment living just isn’t cutting.

  2. lolly Says:

    YOu did such a nice job on all of the gardening! Until you listed them all, I didn’t realize we had so many herbs growing! wow, delicious marinades to come! it’s going to be a great summer.

  3. guitarfish Says:

    Gardening is so rewarding. Even apartment dwellers can grow some herbs on windowsills or balconies. The main thing is keeping them watered.

  4. Jason Says:

    I do that as much as I can, but they are pathetic 🙂

    Hey, I bet I need to fertilize them!

  5. Rami Says:

    I love my garden. Not quite as extensive as yours, but it’s such a satisfying hobby. C: I have little lavender sprouts that popped up out of nowhere, strawberries, thyme, parsley, sage, peppermint, lemon balm(it’s going crazy again this year, survived the whole winter!), lettuce, Oregon Giant peas, some other kind of pea, and squash. Oh, and more onions than I have space to plant. 😛

    Anyways, happy growing!

  6. guitarfish Says:

    Rami, your garden sounds wonderful! Mine really isn’t all the big either, but we take advantage of the space we have. Happy growing to you too!

  7. Xenobiologista Says:

    You could put plastic or paper bags over the grapes to stop birds and insects from scarfing them. My mum used to save bread bags, which worked well since they’re transparent. Just make sure that you don’t seal the neck of the bag too tightly around the stem so water vapour doesn’t build up.

  8. guitarfish Says:

    That’s a great trick Xenobiologista! I think I’m going to try this later when the grapes are a bit larger. Thanks!

  9. Karen Hochman Says:

    Kris, could I use your photo of collard green flowers in my article about edible flowers? I’m happy to link back to you. Did you know that these flowers are not only edible garnishes snipped fresh (in salads, e.g., or to decorate desserts), but are delicious sauteed in butter? Thanks for your consideration, Karen Hochman

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