Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Planting the killer vegetable garden

And what I mean by that, is that planting my vegetables has nearly killed me. I'll feel better soon, though. I popped an Aleve 30 minutes ago.

Phew! Three garden plots planted. My medicinal herb garden went in first, over the weekend. My community gardens plot went in yesterday, with the help of my son. And the plot at the way back of my yard went in today.

Here is my medicinal herb garden. It's in a half-wheel shape with different plants in each of the nine 'spokes' (and something in the half-hub). I have string marking the spokes right now, but the bricks are there for when the plants have grown and the string is gone.:

Each spoke is labeled:

Here's the plot way back in the wild parts of the yard, half in sun, half in shade at this time of day. You can't really make them out, but there are three elderberry bushes way back there, too. My daughter gave them to me for my last birthday:

I don't have a picture of my community garden plot. I'll get one and post it later.

Here are the things I have in the two vegetable gardens. Basically, tomatoes, greens, carrots, potatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers:

The medicinal garden has elecampane, St. John's wort, calendula, holy basil, sage, astragalus, chamomile, evening primrose, and flax (which is just an experiment). And I have a few things in other places, like lavender, and yarrow, and lemon balm, and hyssop, and garlic (for cooking), and I've probably forgotten something or other.

I still have a few things to do, but most of the initial work is done.

Who's making dinner tonight? I'm pooped.


adrienne said...

Maybe Panda Express tonight?

Very impressive effort...I'm envious.

ICQB said...

Hi adrienne!

I let my son pick the place if he went and got the food. We had Wendy's.

I just hope after all of that work that something actually grows :-)

jo©o said...

Holy Moly!
Or, if you like Holy Basil!
What an effort. It must be something in the atmosphere as we have all of a sudden got a spurt on too.

Mostly defence works against you-know-what, but also a bit of fresh planting.

Your lists sound impressive. I adore flax. The blue kind. L.utitatissium, or somesuch mouthful. They have whole firelds full here. If you are lucky you get to see bright yellow rapeseed, red poppies an blue flax all in ane eyeful. The three primary colours in huge blocks. You can keep your dutch bulb fields, if that is on offer. Unfortunately the rape is early this year and already out, so the three won't coincide this season.

Day off now?
I'd love to see the plantings in the alotment over the months to come.Thanks for todays posting.

ICQB said...

Hi Jo!

A few years ago when my husband was in England, he was so impressed by the fields of rapeseed. I remember him telling me about it.

I planted some asparagus today. I've never attemted asparagus. Don't know if my soil is condusive, although I did add some sand to it.