Welcome new readers! My good friend Fr. Peter Preble, noticing my appalling lack of initiative in blogging, has called me out on Facebook and Twitter and thrown down the gauntlet, with the challenge being to blog regularly. Challenge accepted! I notice the times when I do blog consistently are when there is some oversight, such as Fr. Peck‘s 40 Days of Blogging challenge every Advent.
So…back to the garden. My previous post outlined the main planting. I have since added a few things:
-I excitedly bought a “curry plant” which, upon reading the fine print, turns out not to be something that will give me an ingredient for curry powder but rather a plant whose leaves are used in potpourri and decorative arrangements. This actually worked out rather nicely – I am trying to fill up the hill above the retaining wall in our backyard and this stuff looks to spread around.
-I planted some parsley, cilantro and rosemary for the container portion of the garden. I don’t do much grilling but when I do I plan to use the rosemary – it seems to have anticarcinogenic properties among many other beneficial uses. I replanted my thyme plant but sadly do not have any sage, so I can’t complete the parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme quartet.
-I added a few less exciting things to the garden like bell peppers but also added some old school lemon cucumbers as well as some decorative gourds, with the thought that the girls will like them and we can put them on the front porch or whatever. Actually, can they be consumed? Let’s see…my internet searches have turned up mostly things like “no, they are just for decoration” and a few recipes as well as remarks saying that there is very little to consume in any case with most of them. I am going to go with “no” for now unless convinced otherwise.
The final thing I bought was a trellis or cage for the cucumber section. I tend to pack a lot of plants in a fairly small area, and before you know it the garden is a jumbled mess, with the cucumber and pumpkin plants snaking themselves all over the place. I actually have to lift up leaves to find cucumbers when they are ready. So I bought this contraption, which can either be folded into a squared cylinder like a tomato cage or folded out into one long wall or sheet, as a way of clearing up the confusion on the ground. One of my gardening gurus told me that cucumbers love to climb. I at first had my doubts – wouldn’t the cukes get to heavy and fall off? Then again, with the pickling cucumbers that I prefer to grow, you actually want to harvest before they get really big, because then they are very seedy inside. I will post pictures once I rig up the contraction – probably in a few weeks when the plants begin to take off.