Thursday, April 16, 2020

Three in the garden

Before the lockdown, I had big plans for the garden. I had some work to finish and then I'd spend most of my days doing what I love most. Well, that sort of backfired. First of all, that work took a lot long longer than I thought (still not done). Then I started to feel sick and wasn't even able to work in the garden and because of the lockdown it wasn't possible to go anywhere else than the supermarket anyway, so buying potting soil and seeds was out of the question.
I have to admit this sort of sent me into a downward spiral towards depression again (that and some things I'd rather not talk about right now).
But... I am slowly feeling better now (fewer headaches, no more arrhythmias) and I'm working hard to snap out of that downward spiral. Gardening always helps a lot with that.

Three garden-related things that are making me very happy right now:



1. I went to Goisco yesterday and was delighted to find they didn't stop selling products other than essentials and groceries. So I was able to buy potting soil, planters, and seeds (and I'm planning on going back for more).


2. My kitchen herbs are catching on. Okay, the chives are iffy, but I have thyme, parsley, peppermint (that's the one below) and outside the frame there's some rosemary too. I'm hoping to save the oregano I neglected when I was sick and I bought some tarragon yesterday.


3. Early this morning, T. and I worked together to give this dieffenbachia another chance to live. It was in a container but kept tumbling over. We'll see if it makes better roots this way. It's not exactly a useful plant (it's toxic), but it's beautiful (when it's healthy) and I hate killing living plants. I love that T. knows this, agrees with it and helped me to do this.

Linking up with Carole's Three on Thursday

14 comments:

  1. Those look like VERY happy herbs, indeed! (Our chives do great in the ground but not as well in pots, for some reason.) Gardening always revives me, too. The past few weeks I've been going outside just to enjoy the (Coscto) bulbs coming up that I put in last fall. They're going like gangbusters--or, they WERE. We woke up to several inches of snow and 20-degree temps this morning :(

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    1. I have the same thing with chives, but I still have to find a place for them here (and I'm not sure if they'll like the soil), so I'm hoping these will take in a pot.
      Oh no! More snow? That must be frustrating so late in the year!

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  2. Those plants look very happy and healthy! I'm not much of a gardener but I'm enjoying our first spring living here at my MIL's house. It's fun to see what will sprout up out of the ground next. I never paid much attention to what she'd planted before when we'd come to visit and she doesn't remember so it's all new to both of us. :)

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    1. Oh, that's really fun! I love getting to know new gardens every time we move. It's so much fun to watch things come up or blossom!

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  3. I am so glad that you are writing again; I was starting to feel worried about you. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know!

    Your herbs look absolutely amazing - it has been two years since our thyme looked that good! And you parsley is great! I will keep my fingers crossed for the plant - and I hope that the gardening can begin again soon!! (I wish we could plant watermelons, but it's no use here, I think. ;) )

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    1. Aw, that's so sweet of you. Don't worry, I was just to tired to write, but I'm feeling a lot better now.
      Watermelons will be a long shot here. I heard the iguanas eat the flowers. But we really want to try...

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  4. I was getting ready to email you to see if you were OK, glad to see you posting and prayers will be doubled for you and the family. I wish I had a green thumb, but then I hate to get my hands dirty!! LOL

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    1. Thank you so much! I'll reply to your email soon.
      Ha, I guess gardening isn't for you then. I don't mind getting my hands dirty and hardly ever wear gloves (I have to for the thorns and the cactuses).

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  5. i have a huge dieffenbachia in a pot - i just cut a huge chunk off of it - it was over-flowing the pot - so i cut off the biggest of the five stems - and i'll see if i can get it to grow roots and put it in a new pot. we can't plant these outside here - they'd freeze to death!

    yours looks like it should do well!

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    1. I've read it should grow roots that way. That was my backup plan, but we kind of love that it looks like a palm, so we hope it will grow more roots this way.
      It still feels weird to have indoor plants outside. This is the first one to go into the ground though. We'll see how that goes (if it thrives more may follow).

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  6. So glad you are feeling better now that you have been able to do some gardening. I would not worry about the chives. I have chives that take over every container I put them in. I think they will spread. I hate killing living plants too. I keep all of them!

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    1. I am hopefull about the chives, in The Netherlands they also spread like crazy, but everything is different here.

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  7. I'm glad you were able to buy the stuff for a garden, I know that will make you feel better sooner. We haven't started anything yet but maybe in May we will by starter plants (tomatoes, squash, basil, peppers)and try once again to have a garden.

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    1. Garden therapy always works for me. I just seem to forget about it when I need it most...

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