Triumph of the Weeds


Garden Update- June 2009
July 1, 2009, 11:00 pm
Filed under: garden

I took these pictures at the beginning of June, but didn’t get around to posting them until now. Oops.

Lemon Thyme.
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Greek Oregano, which started growing like gangbusters.
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Mint, which really does grow like a weed.
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Parsley.
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Rosemary. My attempts to grow rosemary from cuttings completely failed, but then I picked up a bush from the Duke Homestead Herb and Craft Fair. And yes, I do realize that using the grass as a backdrop was not the best idea.
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Catnip. I also got this at the Herb and Craft Fair.
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Garlic. This died off at the end of May and I’m not sure why. I’m not really sweating it because I was just growing it on a lark. I got the cloves from the supermarket and I have no idea what variety is or where exactly it’s from, so I don’t know the specifics about ideal growing conditions and so forth.
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Strawberries. These have been growing very well. So far, I’ve gotten a yield of about 5 strawberries, ripening one at a time.
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Tomato. The plant is growing pretty well and there’s a dozen or more tomato-lets growing. They seem to be small, but bigger than a cherry tomato or a Roma tomato. Slightly bigger than a golf ball, I guess. Still not sure what variety it is.
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Garden Update- May 2009
May 8, 2009, 1:37 am
Filed under: garden

There’s been some good growth on all the plants in the past months, as well as some new additions.

Lemon Thyme- I took a few cuttings for the plant exchange at work.
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Greek Oregano. Also took a few cuttings for work. It looked a lot bushier before I did that.
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Mint. I picked this up at the plant exchange.
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Parsley. I also picked this up at the plant exchange.
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Rosemary. I picked this up at the plant exchange. It’s actually a cutting, and may not be the right kind for growing a new plant. I’m going to try anyway and see what happens. The big one is the original cutting, then I took three smaller offshoots from the big one and I’m going to try getting those to root as well. Everything I read online really confused me as to what type of cutting will work, so I’m hoping that one or the other is the ticket. Here goes nothing. *crosses fingers*
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Garlic.
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Chandler Strawberries. I’ve had about two strawberries, one at a time, ripen so far. I wonder if it’s always going to be this way.
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Tomato. Bottom leaves turned yellow and died while the upper part of the plant was thriving, which worried me until I finally read something that said that the lower branches typically die off as the growing season moves along. Phew.



Garden Update- April 2009
May 2, 2009, 7:27 pm
Filed under: food, garden

Yes, it’s May already, I know. But I took these pictures at the beginning of April and the time got away from me. Everything seems to be doing rather well, but I’m still holding my breath. Also, I discovered this platform of sorts below the porch, so I moved my plants there because it seemed like that’s what all my neighbors were doing.

Lemon Thyme- there’s been some nice growth already. I’m expecting it to start growing gangbusters once now that spring is here.
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Greek Oregano- again, there’s been some good growth. Anticipating a lot more in the coming months.
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Garlic. I planted 4 cloves and three sprouted. Not bad. I then transplanted them to this larger container.
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Chandler Strawberries. Got these at the Farmer’s Market. There’s actually three plants in here, but I only have a limited amount of pots (which I got from Craigslist and other assorted places), so I’m keeping them together for now. I’m tentatively planning on separating them next year to let them grow some more. That strawberry you see ripened the day or so after I bought the plants. Tasty.
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Tomato. My roommate got me this for my birthday. She works in a greenhouse and is apparently sick to death of tomato plant so she thought of me when there were plants not being used anymore. She has no idea what variety it is. Possibly a Money Maker? If anyone has an idea, please leave a comment. Also, I’m going to have to figure out the best way to handle tomatoes if/when they do ripen, since I don’t like raw tomatoes, only cooked or in sauce.
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Gardening Wishlist
January 5, 2009, 2:46 am
Filed under: garden

My gardening endeavors at the moment are limited by a lack of education on my part as well as a lack of initial capital, i.e. tools, soil, containers, and seeds/plants. I also anticipate having to move 3-4 times in the next 10 years, so the gardening paraphernalia that I accumulate needs to be worth the effort expended moving it from place to place.

I’m currently living in North Carolina (in the Piedmont), and anticipate moving to Eastern Tennessee, and then to Wyoming. Obviously location will have some influence over what I can grow. Here are some musings about what I’d like to include in my garden, everything else being equal.

*Herbs: I have thyme and oregano, and should get basil, cilantro, mint, parsley, and dill from my mom’s garden. I think I also want to get bay leaf and rosemary. I may want to get others, but that will depend on which herbs I most commonly cook with, and I haven’t figured that out yet.

*Plants: peas, beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrot, parsnip, other root vegetables, onions, garlic, ginger, bell peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, kale, eggplant, mushrooms, artichokes, asparagus

*fruit: raspberries, black berries, strawberries, peaches, mangoes, oranges, limes, lemons

*flowers: lilacs
In general, I’m not that interested in a flower garden. While flowers are pretty, I’d much rather grow things that are both pretty and useful, like fruit and vegetable plants. But I have a particular fondness for the scent of fresh lilac.



My Garden
January 4, 2009, 11:09 pm
Filed under: garden

My gardening knowledge is close to nil. While my mom had a garden when I was growing up, I never paid much attention to it, aside from the chores that she assigned me. Furthermore, my track record with plants is not too good; I killed an aloe plant that my mom gave me in high school (it ended up freezing during the winter when I placed it too close to the winder) and when I tried again with another aloe plant this past year, it’s health started failing and I ended up leaving it behind when I moved. I’ve since learned that you’re supposed to cut down the roots, not just change the soil, when you repot the plants, so if I had done that, the plant probably would have been OK.

Undaunted, I’ve decided that I’m going to try again. I’m going to leave aloe alone for the time being. Herbs are supposed to be one of the best investments you can make for a kitchen garden, so I decided to start with those. I talked with my mom, and she agreed to give me cuttings of her herbs the next time I visit her. I got a couple herbs from the farmer’s market that she doesn’t have. When I go to visit, she’ll take cuttings from these for her garden.

Lemon Thyme
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Greek Oregano
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Here’s to not killing these plants. *Crosses fingers*

Also, after I read something on the net about how easy it was to grow garlic, I decided to give it a try. Of course, garlic is supposed to be planted in October but the winters are mild here in North Carolina, so based on what I’ve read, it may or may not work. I just used cloves from the garlic I got from the grocery store.

Garlic- I don’t know what kind.
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Obviously, it doesn’t look like anything right now. I think it’s supposed to start sprouting in the spring, so I’ll know then if it worked or not. Also, if they do sprout, I’ll have to transplant to a larger container. I used this little basket because it’s all I had at the moment.

I will be using this blog to track the progress of my gardening endeavors in the future.