March 20, 2011

I documented my first attempts at gardening last year on my other blog.  Because the whole idea is to have fresh produce for the kitchen, I’ll be sharing it here as well.  I’m a little behind the weather getting it all in the ground but at least it’s underway.

After last season’s first attempt at gardening, with mixed success, I’m trying again.  Some of the herbs survived the winter and more have been planted.  Herbs fill all the containers this year, with raised beds in progress for tomatoes, peppers, okra and whatever else strikes my fancy.

Cilantro and marjoram are new this year.

The mint survived the cold quite nicely and more has been added.

Oregano and Italian parsley are survivors that are doing quite well.

New lavender and curly parsley are in the dirt.

The basil is growing but some critter is already having a feast.

Sage and tarragon, started from seed, are beginning to sprout.

The raised beds will be built with blocks.  My boys were a great help in getting these home from Home Depot and piling them in the corner of the back yard.  I hope to get them laid out this week and have dirt delivered by next weekend.

Once the raised bed is built, the holes in the block will be filled with more herbs and a handful of flowers.  The sunflowers will go in the bed.


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1 katieb March 23, 2011 at 8:23 am

I’m a very new gardener as well! Last year the best thing i grew was basil. The more you pick it, the more it grows. My basil plant was the size of a bush!!


2 Bored Cook March 24, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I’m looking forward to following along again with you on your gardening adventure! I’m jealous you have anything growing right now. I know our season for this in NY is right around the corner. But having any plant from your garden be still growing through winter makes me jealous!

I know my cilantro will come back in my garden and a few of my pots this year because it went to seed on me last season, so I’m interested to see how I handle it this year. Last year I couldn’t stop it from going to seed no matter what I did, but I’m going to try my best to get it to keep on the straight and narrow this summer. Since that and basil are my most favorite herbs it helps me to have a steady supply of both.

In regard to the basil, did you change the dirt out from where you planted it last year? If not, you can give that a try and see if it helps.

Can’t wait to see things blooming in my garden this year!



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