Last year was a fallow one for us, but new things are sprouting in the garden in 2013.
We rearranged the garden, for starters. While we hardly have an over-cultivated plantation, we like to plant our regular favorites in different places each year. Our plot gets intense sun from mid-morning until nearly 7 p.m. We've shifted our bean trellis so that it cuts across the garden diagonally. We've added a new and colorful knitted trellis for growing beans on. We're hoping that will provide a little bit more shade or filtered sun across the hours of the day.
Our most ambitious addition is an herb garden. Seeds have been started and purchased plants have even been transplanted to larger pots. The gardener is clearing lawn from a strip along the western cinder block wall. Karen has started exploring border devices to see the plot off and provide a little bit more raised bedding.
I've been clipping the oregano we had more often. I've also trimmed the thyme I purchased and mint. I'm discovering the herbs do much better when trimmed. I have a pile of herbals and instructions for drying, distilling, decocting and infusing with herbs.
In the front of the house, we planted seeds for hollyhocks, nasturtiums, zinnias and daisies. So far only the nasturtiums have come up. There's some interesting double-leafed sprouts coming up, but it's hard to tell at this stage if they are planted seeds or volunteers.
Photos to come with the next post.