United States Edition

Tenth workday; what's with this weather, part 2

Sunday, 29 Apr 12 Cloudy 15°C / 59°F

So I started by spring work days in unseasonable heat in March. Now, at the end of April, when we’re typically over the hump, we’re dealing with freeze warnings.

It is supposed to warm up later in the week, so I was originally planning to hold off on a major rebuild/transplant project. However, it’s also supposed to rain every day, so I decided to take advantage of the clear, if cold, day and go ahead with it.

What I rebuilt was the Savory Bed. Finally put in a reasonable facsimile of a raised bed, which was the original plan for it, but I couldn’t figure out how to construct it, as the area is an odd shape. There are now these clever raised bed corners that allow you to do odd angles, so I was able to construct it. Naturally, it’s a hot mess, because this is the Queen of SIUY (Screw it up yourself), but it’s functional.

So I constructed the bed out of some wonderful hardwood scraps I found in the basement. All you woodworkers here avert your eyes, because it’s quality wood, way too nice for this use, but it was free. I had to dig out several massive, ancient herbs—a 15 year old oregano, a 5-year old taragon, venerable thyme—as well as several self-seeders: dill, parsley, coriander.

I laid landscape barrier, then filled the bed with today’s grass cuttings and _all_my compost. (This means that I can now rebuild the compost pile, finally, since it’s nearly empty at last.) I divided the massive herbs, and potted several up for an upcoming plant sale (first picture), then replanted the best of the bunch in the bed. I’m hoping I can train the thyme to trail over the side. Hyacinth beans to climb the lattice. Gonna try to get rid of the morning glory (wish me luck). There will be a concord grape vine climbing up the porch.

I’ve got some calendula volunteers that I’ll move over here between the bed and the iris, but I want it to get a little larger, and the weather to get a little warmer, before I move it.

I’d love suggestions for an interesting herb to put here. I’ve got room for two or three largish plants.

Picture 2: before (hooray! I remembered to take the before picture! Unfortunately, I also had some “during” pictures, but had neglected to put the datacard into the camera.)
Picture 3: After.

Not quite sure what I’ll do with the lower half of the area. Sage and rue are still there in the front (pruned because they were leggy and unweildy.) I’ve put a salad burnet and a wormwood in the raised bed, but may move them down so I have a kitchen area and an ornamental area. The rosemary will also go in the lower part.

Photos

This entry is about

Day 1487

Herb- Sage

Salvia officinalis

Pruning
Day 1074

Herb- Parsley, curley, perennial

Petroselinum crispum var. crispum

Thinning Out
Day 356

Herb- cilantro (Burpee)

Coriandrum sativum

Thinning Out
Day 342

Dill- resprouting

Anethum graveolens

Day 1450

Herb- Golden Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

Dividing
Day 4747

Herb- oregano

Origanum vulgare

Dividing
Day 1074

Herb- Taragon

Artemisia dracunculus

Dividing

Savory Walk garden

? This question is currently listed as unanswered. If you think you may be able to help with this question, leave xan a possible answer below.

Comments

  • rosemarieGardener

    rosemarieGardener wrote:

    Garlic chives are nice but they multiply quickly. I have sweet cicely in my Grotto Garden just so I can chew on a leaf now and then, fresh in season. I don’t have much use for it’s liquorish flavor but I like the fresh feminine look of it. It’s rather large.

    Nice results with the wood. I love those ‘odd’ connectors; gets me thinking.

    Posted on 29 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • flowerweaver

    flowerweaver wrote:

    How about Comfrey? It’s big and architectural-looking. If you want something you can eat a Cardoon is very cool-looking (although not an herb).

    Posted on 30 Apr 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • anelson

    anelson wrote:

    How about lovage?

    Posted on 02 May 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • creme

    creme wrote:

    Love the lovage. It gets 3-5 foot high in the second year, but doesn’t get unruly. The scent is heaven and if you let it go to seed they are fantastic for cooking. The root has various medicinal and cosmetic uses. The stalks can be used as a celery substitute. In fact, it was so easy to grow that I doubt I’ll ever try growing celery.

    Posted on 04 May 12 (over 2 years ago)

Like to add a comment? You'll need to sign up for a free account, or log in if you're already a member.

Previous Journals

Later Journals

Watchers

Buzz

Apartment Therapy logo

Whether you're rocking a full-fledged veggie garden in the backyard, have a stellar natural landscape in place of the front lawn, or are coaxing edibles and bee-friendly varietals from random containers on the porch, this online garden journal is for you.

More buzz about us...

Latest Activity

Folia Badges and Widgets

Folia Blog Widgets

Want some super cool badges to stick on your blog? What about a funky widget that shows everyone what you are growing? Sounds like you need to get over to our Goodies page pronto!

Tour | About | Help & Support | Contact | Terms | Privacy | Community Guidelines | Goodies

Homegrown by Nic & Nath All photos and content © their respective owners.

Free Gardening database | Free garden organizer | Vegetable garden software | Mobile gardening app

Popular Plants: Tomato | Sweet pepper | Chili pepper | Basil | Bean | Rose | Carrot | Cucumber | Lettuce | Onion | Strawberry | Daylily | Spinach | Radish | Potato

View original on