I like to plant my beloved garden each year the week before Memorial Day, and on Friday I managed to drop one daughter off at school, take the other with me to The Farmer’s Daughter in Auburn, get my seedlings, come home, move stuff that had already sprouted, put in the new plants, and go get V. when school got out at noon.  Not bad!  Here is the breakdown:

This year several plants took with no help or planning from me.  I ended up with some big chamomile plants that I transferred to the hill in back of our house (we have already begun harvesting and drying the flowers to make tea).  Some cilantro and oregano sprouted as well, and several months ago I put cloches over them to help them grow.  Our strawberry patch, always an early yielder, is doing quite well and we have been enjoying delicious strawberries every day.  The mint and thyme came back on its own, as they always do, and again I have several mystery plants which are likely garlic or onions.  The blueberries are in the green stage, so that is promising, and I planted a raspberry bush.  The famed apple tree sadly did not survive the construction project last year but I hope to find a successor tree.  My lettuce bed is doing well, with mustard and mesclun growing.  These grow fast and I hope to have a good turnover and yield into the fall.  Finally, in retrieving nutrient-rich dirt from my compost bin I found some sprouted garlics; we must have thrown an old garlic in there and at some point they sprouted.  I replanted them in the garden and several are thriving.

As for the stuff I planted Friday:

-Now that I am a veteran gardener I thought I would add some variety to what I usually grow, so for new stuff this year I have yellow onions, small eggplants, zucchini (everyone grows this but I have never done it), spaghetti squash, jalapeno peppers…I am sure I am forgetting something.

-Returning favorites include different kinds of tomatoes with basil planted among them to keep the pests away (this totally works).  I also have a tomato plant in the Topsy-Turvy.  I have my usual “pepper patch” with habanero and cayenne (long red slim) peppers joining the new jalapeno plants.  The cayenne plants yield into mid/late fall.  Other staples include cucumbers and pumpkins.

I will be getting more stuff this week, including more herbs and some other plants for the main garden.  I also have a potato bag and hope to grow some potatoes – we will see.