The Garden 2008 Post!

12 Jun

I owe you all a major update, don’t I?  I know I promised that I would be updating frequently once my vacation started but lo and behold two months have already went by since I’ve been off and the number of posts haven’t really increased…sorry!  I’ll make it up to you by showing you photos of what I’ve been up to lately.

Garden of 2008!

This year I didn’t let the fact that our backyard may soon become a renovation site discourage me from gardening.  I instead decided to try my hands at container gardening and so far the results have been promising.

This is my Arugula plant, it’s been growing quite well. I’m not sure if I even like arugula. I tend to do that when picking up seeds or seedlings at the garden centre, buy plants that I’ve never tried before, it’s probably not the most intelligent thing to do but whatever, it’s pretty and green. I do know that once this plant has reached its picking stage, it will be going into the Pasta Della California from Veganomicon.

Chocolate Mint!
This is another plant I wasn’t sure about but once I gave it a whiff, I knew I had to grab it. Chocolate Mint! It smells like a Peppermint Patty (although some will argue with you and claim it smells like licorice but they’re wrong) and I’ve heard it makes a wonderful tea. I also plan to make a sea-salt-body scrub thing with it (look at me thinking ahead and being all practical).

Lemon Balm!
This is the one plant that I am not growing in a container, my Lemon Balm plant. Or should I say one of many lemon balm plants. I bought a tiny lemon balm years ago and despite the fact I neglect, shun and ignore it, this plant is everywhere in my yard. There are so many of these things and the most pathetic thing about its population surge? I’ve never used it for anything. Not once. Maybe I’ll try it brewed as a herbal tea this summer. If anyone has any ideas for its use, let me know!

Spring Onions!
These are the only plants I started from seed weeks ago that sprouted. Spring Onions. Actually, that’s a lie, my chives also sprouted, I just didn’t take a photo of them because they look the same as Spring Onions do. They’re a little bit bigger now and growing in a bigger container.

Tomato Plant!
This is my Tomato Plant. I used to grow tomatoes years ago and every fall I’d have bags and bags of green/yellow/red tomatoes that I’d be pawning off on my neighbours (I don’t think they minded). I only have one plant this year so I don’t think I’ll have that large of a surplus but I’m excited to have fresh tomatoes again.

Ok, on to the flowers!

Lilac! We actually had two lilac trees but Benji destroyed one. He doesn’t like gardening, he’s afraid of bugs. Why he had to take it out on that poor lilac tree, I’ll never know.

hanging basket
Hanging Basket (can I just pause and say how much I love this hanging basket? It’s so pretty, sure beats those plastic ones all to hell) of Begonias and Myrtles.

can't remember what this is called...
I can’t remember what these flowers are but take a look at this urn! I’ve been wanting an urn ever since I saw one in a Martha Stewart Living Autumn issue. I want to put whatever it was that was in it in that issue I saw (corn husks? squash? I can’t remember but whatever it was I remember liking it).

I hope you enjoyed the tour! I hope to expand the garden, every time I go to the garden centre, I don’t leave empty handed. I really want to try growing kale. And beets. Beets look really pretty in a container. And swiss chard…and strawberries…


6 Responses to “The Garden 2008 Post!”

  1. trina June 12, 2008 at 11:28 am #

    How exciting! Your garden is beautiful.

  2. VeggieGirl June 12, 2008 at 11:35 am #

    Welcome back :0)

    Oh my, your garden is GORGEOUS!!! I’m jealous, since the weather has been too rough and rainy to really get my garden growing properly :0(

  3. celine June 12, 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    I think I’m in love with your garden. isn’t that a bit…strange?

  4. Bianca- Vegan Crunk June 12, 2008 at 1:29 pm #

    How awesome! I wish I had the patience do much gardening. I can’t ever remember to water or I water too much. Right now, I’m sticking to a few herbs and a couple tomato plants. The arugala looks great btw! You could make some hearty, peppery salads with those!

  5. melisser June 13, 2008 at 5:54 am #

    Man, your garden is GORGEOUS!

  6. Crazy Vegan Mom June 14, 2008 at 4:48 pm #

    Wow, I am doing container gardening this year, too. I also have chocolate mint in a container and lemon balm NOT in a container. Lemon Balm is awesome as a tea, it works great to help calm nerves and relax you or help you sleep if you have trouble sleeping. Just steep 5+ leaves in hot water in a covered cup for 10-15 minutes then drink.
    Your garden looks wonderful!

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