A new season begins again!
After the way the season ended last year, it would appear that the energy has "migrated" quite a bit! By that I mean that I was quite busy into the fall months due to my newfound passion of ballroom dancing and hadn't enough time to be posting. Fall did come as expected, and by November all the plants had been hauled inside or hacked down for the season.
I ended up taking in 2 Sage, 2 Rosemary and 2 Comfrey. When I started noticing little red bugs flying around, I figured it was some kind of fruit fly that was leaving larvae in the earth. Despite using Diatomaceous Earth, I started finding these critters wherever there was oil or something sugary lying around. I cleaned up in the cupboards and made sure to keep all kitchen counters and kitchen island spotless and with time their numbers have now dwindled considerably.
Rosemary stopped faring so well, so I will have to either buy another Rosemary plant or get some seeds. Sage and Comfrey I put on the balcony what with the bug situation and while Sage is doing well, I may have to replant some Comfrey seeds.
Speaking of which ---yes, Comfrey jolted me about the GOOD NEWS I want to share with you--- the city called me this year (since I had placed my name on a waiting list) and this season I will be having a tiny little garden plot of my own! Excited about that because it means I can plant some flowers and herbs that have LONG roots, such as Comfrey! I can also grow Cucumbers because I have found that even with dwarf varieties, they don't tend to do too well growing in a pot.
I haven't exactly planned what I will be growing this year to be honest, but I have many seeds from last year when I made a precursory look-over the other day. I will get some herb seeds but that is about it, I think. I will plant the same seeds that I did last year such as Borage, Marigold, Malva, Mallow, Yarrow, Sorrel, Purslane, Chickweed and St. John's Wort.
Of course, the flower market man will be back this year, and I am sure that I will be buying up quite a bit of goodies from his shop!! I'll keep you posted on all the different plants that will be putting on a show on my 2 balcony gardens this year :)
Now to get to FORAGING NEWS: Yes, the buds are here and the first flowers of spring are starting to make an appearance! Most are still in the "green stage" with leaves coming up, but are some early bloomers. A few of the ones I've noticed so far: Narcissus and Hyacinths (the latter one could have been planted, not sown during the fall), good ol' Dandelion, Tulips (a few with flowers, most still in leaf stage), Violets (a few flowers, not quite in full abundance just yet), some Rose leaves, some Strawberry leaves from last year's planting and a small patch of Gill-over-Ivy also known as Creeping Charlie.
The first few Dandelion that you'll see (also with Gill-over-ivy) tend to be close to a cement or wooden fence where more heat is generated, as you can see in the pics below. That reminds me of the first colors I've noticed so far of this early spring season: YELLOW (Dandy, Narcissus) and PURPLE (Violet, Periwinkle & Gill-over-ivy).
Yes indeed, foraging has officially started, albeit very slowly: I picked up a few Violet leaves today on the way to catch the bus. The patch had a few white flowers with purple centers, but as it had rained, I only took the leaves. Good to add to the next pesto (or perhaps green smoothie?) recipe! With spring on the way, cooler foods will be appearing more and more on my plate :)
Stay tuned for many more foraging adventures---foreward and onward!
PS. Bellefield has been totaled to make condos...I'll take a look-see one day and see if I can't get some Stinging Nettle. Keep you posted.
PPS. Signed up to go on 4 weed walks this season with my herb teacher. Looking forward to gathering old friends and discovering new ones! Will take pics and share my adventures :) Who says you can't find stinky weeds in the city :P The power of herbs are everywhere!
Curiosity Got The Cat: