In my garden – the good, the bad and the ugly

Last week:

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This week:



The good: corn, beans, cauliflower. Growing like crazy (though still no beans in sight).

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There’s more good, but let’s do this in reverse, shall we? I’d like to end with something good.
So, here’s the ugly.

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Yeah, caterpillars. Lots of them. I did spot a lot of cabbage butterflies lately, but didn’t realize what that meant. Ahem. They’re eating my cauliflower and my broccoli (and I’m wondering if it’s them or the snails that are eating my kale) So. I’m catching them, hoping to save some of my crop.

The ugly? No pictures, but I decided to give up on my tomatoes. All the fruits had blossom end rot.

But… now for the good: I replanted that bed.

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I was inspired by Alys Fowlers’ edible garden (bought the book after watching the series, love both – what she does is what I had been planning when we started building the beds, but didn’t have the nerve to try) and planted a variety of herbs and veggies (though mostly herbs).

Some common kitchen herbs on the right: chives, celery, parsley and basil.

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Though I don’t think that purple basil is very common. It will look lovely in salads, I think.

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There’s also some lettuce, rucola and endives in there, but most of those are in that other empty spot, where the endives that started seeding too early were. I also put a blackcurrant bush and some sunflowers in the back of that bed. The gooseberry was moved there a few weeks ago.

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But… back to the former tomato bed. I decided to be a little more adventurous and planted salad burnet, a herb that I never saw or heard of before.

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Those cute leaves have a nice taste and the flowers can be used in salads too.

In the left of the bed I planted some tea herbs.

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Lemon grass, lemon verbena and in the front Aztec sweet herb (also unknown to me before). I love the idea of being able to pick some leaves and brew a refreshing tea. I’m even considering devoting one bed completely to tea herbs next year (not necessarily medicinal herbs, mostly just for taste).
Oh, this way of gardening is full of possibilities!

Joining Soulemama’s and Heather’s garden notes today 

4 comments:

  1. Wow, I'm impressed by how much you're growing in such a compact space! I'm not growing any herbs this year, but I'd like to next year. They taste so good fresh :)

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    1. Fresh herbs do taste good! And well, I am growing a lot, but I'm also messing up a lot ;-) Always learning...

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  2. hi geertrude,
    in my garden grows salad burnet,too. in german we called it kerbel.
    love your garden.
    have a nice weekend,
    regina

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    1. I checked, but it's not Kerbel. Not that I want be unkind and correct you, but I wondered because we'd translate that with "kervel", while the plant I bought was called " kleine pimpernel".
      I found that in German it's called "Kleiner Wiesenknopf". The leaves are similar, but Kerbel has white flowers, salad burnet has red flowers. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kleiner_Wiesenknopf
      I had a great weekend. Hope you had a nice weekend too ;-)

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