Boing! May 17, 2006Posted by merp in Champaign-Urbana, Gardening, Pisco!.
A new challenge:
He hasn’t caught it mid-air yet, but he’s obviously going to do fine.
And, with a mild improvement in the weather, I’m back into gardening. After the April heat wave, when it topped 80 for a few days, we plummeted back into the 40s and 50s for a depressingly Seattley May. We even had to turn the heat back on.
I’ve had a few seedlings in our kitchen window (most of them are at Jenny’s place), and they’ve barely grown. Here they are 2 weeks ago, only slightly bigger now (fino verde basil, calendula, sweet basil, kkaeng-nip, echinacea, garlic chives):
But yesterday and today it finally started getting pleasant with, you know, sunshine and stuff. So I went out at lunchtime to put some seedlings in the ground.
You remember my herb patch? I finished the brick edging and mulching weeks ago, then planted parsley, cilantro, and bunching green onion seeds. Here it is today, after I planted some of the seedlings from my window, as well as a few (much healthier) seedlings from the Champaign-Urbana Herb Society Annual Plant Sale:
I hope it will get enough sun.
You can see dixie cup tops I used to mark the seeds I planted directly, and also purchased sage and tarragon plants. More purchased plants – Cretan oregano, dill, and lemon thyme (from a friend):
And here’s one of my baby bunching onions!
I wish I had grown this:
The real gardener around here is Mike next door. Our apt. building is one of a pair and over the years, Mike has grown a beautiful tangle of flowers and herbs in front of the other building. He’s also planted a few things on our side, the shadier side, including these gorgeous irises, next to what is now my herb patch.
Mike’s side, viewed from our side:
This weekend, we’ll put out the tomatoes and peppers in the big garden!