Let’s talk about some greenery shall we?
Last I wrote about my garden it was just starting to show the fruits of my labor. Since then we had a tremendous amount of rain in the Cleveland, Ohio area. This was good in many ways because it really pushed my plants to grow. Now the weather has evened out to what seems a bit more normal for our area.
Here’s another peek of what’s going on. Again I’ve definitely already had some successes and some failures this year. I’m keeping a gardening journal to help me remember what went right or wrong so I can better plan next year’s spread.
For some background I’m calling this my “garden” which to me includes fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. I do not have many vegetables this year as we have plans to make raised garden beds and I was just too late to start that in 2013. Carry on…
I’ve been harvesting and drying herbs ranging from basil to rosemary, lemon mint and thyme. My goal is to grow and store as many herbs on my own and possible, thus eliminating (almost) the need to buy any dried herbs at the store.
My peppermint is growing well, as expected. I also have a spearmint plant. I still haven’t made any mojitos this summer but really need to! I know both mints can be spreaders so I have planted them in pots in the ground.
I planted a few varieties of edible flowers. July brought blooms from several of them, including Bachelor’s Button. This flower was once used extensively for boutonnieres in men’s suits. Lovely isn’t it?
I planted several Calendula Marigold plants. There are larger flowers which are edible. I have not eaten any yet but have been drying and saving the petals for homemade body lotions and salves.
Lastly, do you remember the Borage I mentioned last month? It grew like crazy, almost too much and too fast. The blooms are gorgeous and the bees love these flowers. They taste like cucumbers.
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