April 22nd, 2012

Let it grow

Courtesy of Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine

It’s Earth Day and, if it doesn’t rain as predicted, we will be up to our elbows in dirt. Gardening has become an integral part of our lives and it’s very satisfying to grow our own food.

Recently, I have become a bit herb crazed. I am training rosemary trees into topiary balls and my kitchen counter is rapidly losing space to all the greenery. Herbs are easy to grow and smell divine. I am hosting a lunch tomorrow and, in lieu of floral arrangements, I have planted my favorite herbs in terracotta pots to be the centerpieces. Guests will have packets of seeds at their seats, instead of chocolates, with the hope that they will catch the gardening bug too.

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  • What kind of roses are those? Is your garden a cottage one? It is beautiful.

    NinnaApril 22nd, 2012  8:24 AM

  • The picture is not my garden and I must admit that I failed at growing English garden roses. Partly because I don’t like using chemicals to kill all the things they fall prey to. We have cedar beds and many of the herbs are in pots too.

    PrestonApril 22nd, 2012  8:44 AM

  • Love your idea of the herb centerpieces! One of my favorite herbs to cultivate is lemon thyme…crush it and it smells divine….plus it looks pretty interspersed with my ivy…..mb

    mary bethApril 22nd, 2012  9:49 AM

  • I keep meaning to grow some herbs on my balcony but am a bit of a lazy gardener. Hope you’re having fun in the dirt!

    That's Not My AgeApril 22nd, 2012  11:23 AM

  • One thing you mentioned is that not many pleacs have cover crop seeds. I have found several pleacs that sell them, and I am always interested to read about all the benefits that each variety/mix provides. Have you checked into Peaceful Valley? They are one of the pleacs that have a really good number of the cover crop products, and also very helpful info about gardening in general. As to Baker Creek, they are at the top of my list as well!!! Thanx for the rundown of your faves!

    AbhiMay 7th, 2012  2:19 PM


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