Oh, my darlin', oh my darlin,' Clementine!
Must be Mr. Wilson and all that Southern jazzy talk that's gotten into my brain!!
Now on to tell y'all 'bout my front balcony gardenin' bouts.
Bout or round number 1 got done. 1 1/2 hours flew past in no time as I saw what was going to go where. So far, here's what got planted:
I ordered more seeds from Richters when I realized that the Comfrey roots were frayed (didn't make it despite overwintering in the shed), and Nettle had yet to come up. I considered what other fun plants I'd like to grow this year, so I got some:
These seeds will compromise round 2 of planting, plus there's still other seeds that need to get sown along the side of the house. Will that to be a mystery and tell you next time!
Haven't gone to the flower market yet, but I got 2 Strawberry plants from the big box store. I was reading that most Strawberry plants come from California and even the organic growers have to buy non-organic plants to then plant them in organic soil. Not sure how true this is, but I have used this technique of buying non-organic plants and seeds and then planting them in organic soil. I know some non-organic seeds are irradiated and sprayed with chemicals to make sure they grow, so that's something to keep in mind even though the soil is organic. Once the plants take and if I'm able, I always collect the seeds to use in future years. I've done this with Borage, Marigold, Mustard, Purslane, Violet and Nasturtium, to name a few. Great way to save money and the plants come back strong year after year!
Would you believe I had to go out and buy 2 more huge bags of potting soil, and some more pots too? I know! I discovered I have room for 3 more pots out on the back balcony and another on the front one, so more soil was needed because I used up all 12 bags of compost I had bought previously. Sheesh! I can't believe how much I spend on soil, you'd think I had a real garden like a lot of other folks do ;)
And what, pray tell, will I be growing in these pots? Well, the good news is that I had two kinds of seeds in the fridge for the past 3 months (aka doing the cold stratification thing), brought 'em out into the warmer weather and guess what? Yep, they've started sprouting! Now, one of them has 2 really small sprouts and that'd be Rose, so will have to see how that pan outs. But the other one, Sweet Cicely, has some serious sprout activity happening in several of the cells!
Sweet Cicely is grown in the mountainous regions in the British Isles and leaves and stems can be used as a sugar substitute, up to half of the sugar in a recipe! Suitable for diabetics and some say it has an anise-like flavoring. Seeds are hard to germinate, but once she's growing, she's good to come back year after year (strikes me that root division is a better way to get more plants). This is just some of the info I've gleaned about her so far, but I'll keep you posted when she grows up big and I get to chummy on up to her :)
Just now to wait for seeds to come and to get 2 hanging baskets. Haven't seen any at the local mall, will have to check out other stores or nurseries. Was thinking some coir baskets would be nice for the strawberries...Had to replant more Nasturtium seeds in my hanging baskets because of the cold weather. And you know what, don't you? Yes that's right, it's darn near cold again that I was wearing a thicker coat, HAT and even MITTS!
I know. It's very unusual weather for this time of the year. Many of the plants they've put out at the mall have wilted leaves. Now I know ~as I've been hearing from several sources~ that we're all supposed to wait to get planting in my area until the 3rd week of May. That would make it this upcoming weekend. That's when the Botanical Gardens and other cities start doing their plant sales, etc. etc. including in my area too.
Just wrong weather. May is supposed to be spring, cool, but not cold. Now, the reason we're supposed to wait this long is just for this reason, because there's still always a chance there might be frost. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if snow were in the forecast! But honestly, in many years past, this just hasn't been the norm, people are out gardening from mid-April to beginning of May, out wearing shorts and living up the spring fever!
Anyway, I got the seeds in the soil so now it's up to them to decide when and if they want to actually come out and play ;)
And off I go, on to the next adventurous moment. See you next time, sunshine, when the weather will be...what it will be :)
PS. Hoping to maybe go foraging this week if it's nice out. Lots of Blue and White Violet flowers I saw today, but rained yesterday so would have to wait 'til tomorrow. Some of the Tulips are already spent and some Dandy heads have gone to white cloud heaven. I had fun gathering up their white seeds and blowing them from my palm into the wind. Mad, people might think, but so much fun!
Curiosity Got The Cat: