May 20, 2006
Farmer girl, Part 2
I went to the farmer's market in Raleigh today and bought quite a few plants. Since I'm starting my garden late (although is there really such a thing as late when talking about a cycle?) I decided that I should have a fairly large proportion of ready-to-go plants and rely less on seeds.
I got all plants and seeds in the ground, and set up a soaker hose left by a previous homeowner. The soaker hose is an experiment (actually, the whole garden is an experiment) and we'll see how well it works. I need to learn how low to keep the water flow, so the water kind of seeps out and doesn't shoot out and wash away the soil.
The plants I planted, both for my own records and for anyone who is interested, are:
- lettuce leaf basil
- sweet basil
- italian basil
- thai basil
- cinnamon basil (seed)
- lemon basil (seed)
- black peppermint
- kentucky colonel spearmint
- orange mint
- salem rosemary (this survived from last year)
- sicilian marjoram
- trinidad thyme
- bergarten sage
- goodwin creek lavender
- spanish lavender (this survived from last year, sort of)
- italian parsley
- two different salad greens mixes (seed)
- scallions (seed)
I also have seeds for stevia, lemon balm, and parsley. The parsley has to be started indoors and I'm not sure if I'm going to try that or just return the seeds. It seemed like I didn't have room for the stevia and lemon balm, so I'm not sure what I'll do with them.
If any of those seeds actually sprout, much less produce something edible, I will be amazed.
Posted by lisa at May 20, 2006 03:59 PM
whoa! that's quite a haul. i'm impressed!
did any of the seeds say to start them indoors and plant the seedlings in the ground?
i'm scared of seeds.
Posted by: xta on May 21, 2006 10:06 AM
parsley is the only one that has to be started indoors. the rest you just sow, cover with a little soil, and let nature take its course (hopefully).
look at it this way: if the seeds don't come up, you've only wasted $1.50. if they do come up, and you get something edible out of them (assuming you're talking about herb or vegetable seeds), you stand to save a lot of money, unless you put a lot of money into the preparation of your bed.
Posted by: lisa on May 21, 2006 02:26 PM
that's a nice assortment of herbs and greens!
I've heard that before about starting parsley indoors but we planted ours right in the ground and it seems to be doing fine. The seedlings are still really small though, so who knows. Maybe there's some unknown problem that will manifest later.
warning about lemon balm and mints: they tend to take over. it's best to plant them where they're either restricted, or you don't mind them spreading.
I've been wanting to grow stevia for a while. what are you planning to use it for? I was thinking it would be nice in iced tea.
Posted by: Sarah on May 21, 2006 02:31 PM
ps: when you factor in time I don't think vegetable & herb gardening provides much savings -- if you spent that same time working, you'd earn way more money than you save on buying produce. It's still worthwhile to me for the emotional satisfaction, physical exercise and fresher food. But if I thought about it in terms of money, I'd definitely give up gardening for food :)
Posted by: Sarah on May 21, 2006 02:37 PM
i knew that mints were invasive, but i didn't know that lemon balm is too. maybe i'll plant the lemon balm in around the mints.
i don't have the mints physically restrained, but they have a LOT of space to themselves. i was also surprised to find that the mint i planted last year did not come back!
i put the mint in the part of the bed that had the worst infestation of lillies. i'll let the mint battle it out with any lillies that remain.
i guess since i am salaried, i don't think in terms of my labor and what it is worth hourly. if i spent more time at work, i wouldn't get paid any more than i already do, so i might as well spend that time in my garden!
the stevia is definitely an experiment. i'm curious about it and don't have any particular plans, just want to see what i can sweeten with it.
Posted by: lisa on May 21, 2006 04:13 PM