Gail of Green Living


Early Spring Garden–Old Herbs
Thyme

I’ve been learning new things about container gardening; I’ve even signed up for a class with Urban Harvest!  I don’t ever want to stop learning…about organic gardening, real estate, life, etc!  NOTE:  I have never put a chemical fertilizer or bug repellant on my herbs.  They just don’t need it.  A healthy dose of compost a couple of times a year is all they ask!

One thing I know from experience is that herbs are super-duper raised in pots and most last for years!  I have had this pot of Thyme so long, I’m guessing it must be at least 15 years old.  In the winter, the foliage turns reddish, but it tastes the same.  It is a tangled mess, and it just keeps giving!  But having herbs in pots keeps them more contained, because in a garden, they tend to crawl or give out seeds, and they can take over the place!

New Rosemary

The New Rosemary is only about 14 months old at our house, after receiving it as a small Christmas tree last year.

Old Rosemary

The Old Rosemary has been around longer than any other, I think.  It has a wood trunk that has lots of character and the trunk has put out long, flowing fronds full of wonderful fragrance and delicate purple flowers.  These stems don’t even mind the intense heat of the patio in the summer.  We love this herb on chicken and pork roasts and added to garlic new potatoes!

Sweet Marjoram

Sweet Marjoram is from the Oregano family, and this herb is wonderful in stews and soups!  It’s been a part of the herb presence in our yard about 15 years, too.

Oregano

The Oregano bush is about 4′ in diameter and continues to bloom and seed a zillion seeds every year.  I can’t give them all away!  You just can’t make an Italian dish without it!  The Oregano and Sweet Marjoram are way too big to bring in during a freeze, so I just cover them well with a sheet.  They even made it through the 20+ degree freeze we had last winter.

Next time I will post about newer herbs we have added recently.  What herbs have you grown for a long time with success?



Fall Garden: Planted!

This morning I got a head start on the Labor Day weekend and planted my organic garden, which is in pots.  First, I took the rich dark soil from the bottom of my compost pile and mixed it with a commercial organic soil mix.  Then, I took out the soil that supported the summer garden, and put it in the mix.  Then I had plenty of room to plant the tomatoes really deep and maximize the root growth.

From the top of the picture toward the bottom:  Cucumber Dasher with a tomato cage to support the vine, Celebrity Tomato, Rosemary, Husky Red Tomato, Solar Fire Tomato and Arkansas Traveler Celebrity has been a winner for us for several years, but I have never tried the others.  They are advertised as “heat tolerant“, so I’m banking on that!  On the south side of the house they get early morning shade and plenty of afternoon sun, which will become less harsh as the sun falls in its lower arc for the winter (I can’t wait!).  And they will get more morning sun once the trees lose their leaves in November and December.

Planting my garden gives me a spirit of optimism with a new beginning.   I look forward to sharing the progress.  …and rain would be nice!