Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Messes & Successes in the Garden

Our garden is growing in leaps and bounds!  Since my last update on May 1st, the plants seem to have all at least quadrupled in size.  I’m a little surprised that we can’t actually see the movement as they grow.

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We're also seeing our first vegetables on a couple of the container plants! 

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Confession – we actually bought this more mature pepper plant just this past weekend.  Had a little snafu with a couple of the pots, we forgot to poke holes in the bottom so we drowned one pepper plant and one tomato plant that were unable to drain.  Unfortunately, the tomato plant was our comparison Roma, so that experiment is no longer going to be able to happen.  But we got this replacement pepper and a new tomato variety to try, the Super Bush, and the pots have holes now, so hopefully we’ve moved past our plant-killing days Smile

We also got our herbs planted this weekend, now that the risk of frost is completely over.  We did have a few herbs already that regenerated from last year, mint and garlic chives, and our rosemary bush of course never dies, just keeps getting bigger.  But we bought our yearly Genovese basil plant (best variety ever IMHO) and Italian oregano.  Also picked out a new herb this year, golden pineapple sage.  The aroma was irresistible, and I think it’ll be especially amazing in chicken and fish marinades.

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Shout out (do people even say that anymore?) to our favorite herb guy, John, of the Archer Lodge Herb Farm at the Raleigh State Farmers Market.  We have bought our herbs from him for years and they are always top quality and very tasty!  I forgot to snap a pic when I was there but he’s easy to find.  He’s down in the perennials section, look for the butterfly sign. 

4 comments:

  1. Oooo... Tell me about the flavor of pineapple sage. Ordinarily, I am not a fan of sage, it tastes like dirt to me. Is this variety sweet?

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    1. I wouldn't call it sweet, although the flavor is milder than regular sage and it doesn't have the fuzziness, which is one of the things I've always found weird about sage. But it does smell exactly like pineapple, and it's pretty, so whether you eat it or not it might be fun to have in the garden :-)

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  2. Sounds awesome, I'll have to try it. Are you going to "freeze dry" any from your garden? I grow lemon thyme in Fair Harbor.... it's a nice herb :))

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    1. I always say I will and never actually go through with it! I definitely want to make a lot of pesto and freeze it, and I'll probably experiment with something for the fun of blogging about it :-)

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