Early Herbs

So I harvested my  first batch of chives yesterday.  I had two BIG bunches.  I love fresh herbs and I love growing them.  I was a little late with this first batch of chives and they had already flowered.  I hate wasting anything so I pulled out all the flowers and buds and filled two vases.  My daughter told me I couldn’t keep them in the house because it would smell like onions and that wouldn’t be good.  Psssh, what does she know.  At any  rate, the vases are outside on my  deck  and they look great! The picture in the middle doesn’t begin to show how much is actually there. That bucket is a good 10” deep and 14” across.  That’s a lot of chives!

Chive FlowersChives 1st batch 2017Chive Flowers  2 2017

I also planted some of the herbs that I started from seed.  Mostly tarragon and Greek oregano now with some sage and rosemary.


More little plants are waiting to be planted as soon as I have time.  I have also been planting some flowers around, as well as giving some away. More to come on that in another post.

Happy Gardening,





Thursday- May 30, 2013

Sunny and warm, upper 70s.

I bought regular thyme today and an aloe plant at Home Depot while we were out shopping.  Still no tarragon, but I’m not giving up.  I planted the aloe in a pot and have decided to leave it in the greenhouse because I don’t have a sunny spot to put it in my house.  I have never had luck with aloe plants, but I’m hoping it will work this time.  The thyme, which I said in yesterday’s post was planted, really isn’t yet.  It’s still in it’s little pot. I put all of my seedlings from the greenhouse outside in their trays.  I’m hoping the rain and sun will help them grow better.  It seems like some of the more delicate seedlings would dry out too fast in the greenhouse and die.

Wednesday-May 29, 2013

Weather – sunny and warm (I’m writing this 2 days late with a headache so I’m not as precise as normal)

I finally got to work in the yard!  I got most of my garden planted, just a little left to go.  My master plan isn’t working out like I thought so I’ve had to do a lot  of tweaking as I go.  Will learn for next year though.  Mostly, I just tried to fit too many big plants into too small of a space.  I want to grow pumpkins, but don’t know if I’ll have enough room.  I’ve planted a couple of seeds, plus squash and zucchini.  We’ll see.

What I’m planting:

  • tomatoes
  • roma tomatoes
  • green peppers   Red peppers and jalapeno didn’t survive to be planted
  • cayenne peppers
  • carrots
  • radishes
  • cucumbers
  • red onions
  • white onions
  • yellow onions
  • bunching onions
  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • peas
  • green beans
  • brussels sprouts
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • yellow squash
  • zucchini
  • pumpkins  White (lumina) pumpkins didn’t survive to be planted.  planted Musquee de Provence for cooking.
  • gourds
  • butternut squash
  • scarlet runner bean
  • sweet pea


  • echinacea      my own from seed
  • calendula        my own from seed
  • sweet basil    my own from seed
  • italian basil   my own from seed
  • sage      my own in garden, purchased on deck in planter
  • thyme    purchased on deck in planter, (seed is growing but small)
  • lemon thyme  purchased in garden
  • rosemary     purchased in garden and on deck in planters, (1 seed growing)
  • tarragon   can’t find anywhere!
  • dill           strays from last year growing in deck planter, purchased in garden (my own didn’t grow)
  • coriander  1 stray from last year by roses, purchased in garden  (my own didn’t grow)
  • lemon balm (Sweet Melissa)  purchased in planter on deck

It was a satisfying day digging in the dirt.  We went when I was about halfway through to buy some herbs, but I can’t find tarragon anywhere.  I have one more place to look, but it’s a little drive.  We’ve had some good rain and some sun so everything is doing very well that was already planted.  I’m almost done.  I have 2/3 of two beds left to plant.  I’m a little disappointed that I only have 2 roma tomatoes, but I’ll have more next year now that my greenhouse is full functional.  Smile 

My Stevia (sweet leaf) plant is all brown and looks very dead.  I don’t have the heart to dump it yet.  I’ve been surprised in the past at what can survive after certain death so I’m leaving it potted and watering it still…..just in case.

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