Friday, May 26, 2006

What's Growin' On: 5/26/06

Greek Oregano & Lemon Balm In The Greenhouse

Realization Of The Day:
I think it's time to spread out the potted herbs and give them some breathing room. Gosh they look good. Much better than last year. Well, except for the ones that died. Mostly those weren't my fault, though. Really need to dry some of this oregano and lemon balm. Also want to make some lemon balm sun tea. Click here to read my earlier post about lemon balm.

--92F in the shade and very humid today. I harvested the entire 4'x8' bed of lettuce this morning.
--Just came in from putting some Thai Pink Egg tomato seedlings in the ground. Put some other seedlings (like the tomatillos) in the compost pile. Sometimes it feels good just to give up and ditch stuff. Kinda like spring cleaning. Now that I've cooled down a bit, I'll head back out to the garden and plant some yellow plum tomato seedlings.
--Brain is fried. Can't for the life of me think of what else I was going to write.

8:00pm Update:
Cary and Bear and Patchy Cat and I (yes, there is definitely such a thing as too much 'help' in the garden) did get some yellow plum tomato seedlings in the ground (grown from seeds I saved from last year's best tomatoes). Then Cary and I came inside and I made my usual enormous salad, and once the sun was down behind the ridgetop, Cary and I went back outside and checked on the sheep (who have been grazing all day in the farmyard which surrounds the house and garden).

I then decided we should go inspect our work in the garden, as it is always nice to end the day by looking at something you accomplished besides creating an incredible amount of sweat. We came around the side of the cat cabin and discovered that our handiwork was already being inspected--by a very brazen deer! Ever the faithful blogger, I immediately reached for my camera bag, then realized this was the first time today I'd gone outside without it slung around my neck. Then I gave the warning call to the dogs. To their credit, they did respond immediately, but, well, let's just say the deer got away. I can't remember the last time I saw a deer that close to the garden. And this one was literally peering over the (very short and leapable) fence. Too bad they don't eat turtles.


  1. I love lemon balm. This year, I thought my patch from two years ago had died off, so I bought (not a seedling tender here) a small plant. When I got home, it obviously wasn't lemon balm - but epazote. I know, really big difference. I love epazote as well, so blythely planted that instead. I found ANOTHER lemon balm seedling at the nursery on later date. Upon finally planting THAT, I casually glance at the former lemon balm corner only to notice, the original plant is BACK! Oh well. Can't go wrong with two patches in a garden as big as mine. I'll make lots of sun tea. Any other suggestions?
    I like checking in with your garden if only to remind myself that I could tend mine more.

  2. Oh Oh, deer in the garden is a bad thing. I'm glad all I have to put up with is rabbits and the woodchuck, but yesterday I had something entirely new in the garden.. a pheasant! No camera of course..sheesh.


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