How wonderful! The little gals are sprouting already! I planted barely last week, and so many have popped up! Borage, Mallow, Wood Betony, Radish, Purslane, Rosemary, Thyme, Lemon Balm, Stevia, Parsley, Nasturtium, Zinnia, Purslane, Boneset, Mignotte, Chickweed, Sweet Trefoil, as well as Lettuce, Cuke and Tomato have all put in an appearance :) I'm surprised Mustard hasn't come in. She tends to be early riser. Ah well, she and the others will be along soon.
I took a bike ride today now that the snow is melting and went on a search for this mysterious community garden. I say mysterious because I couldn't find it! What I did see was what looked like a huge park, but it was all fenced in. I took down the address, I thought this was the right place, but perhaps the city made a mistake. I noticed several hanging pots strewn on the ground a few streets away, but I didn't take a good look to see if there were garden plots or it was just someone's messy garden.
I backtracked and went through this long tunnel to the other side of the street. It's the same street, but divided by the highway. Strange, I don't know why they didn't bother to give the streets different names. A bit confusing if you ask me. Anyway, I biked down the street name that I was given, but didn't see any community garden plots. I was bummed out that I couldn't find them, as I don't want to have to travel too far away. I was also hoping to see if they have a hose and other garden equipment on hand and whether the plots were in full sun, which I would think they would be.
On arriving home, I noticed that the patch of land I had thought about putting in a garden had considerable snow compared to other areas. It's an area that really made me see that doesn't get much sun, which might also mean that the ground could stay soggy after a good rain. In fact, it made me think twice about putting in a garden. If I were to plant, I would have to grow full shade tolerant plants. I know that most gardens tend to have partial shade to dappled shade (such as under the trees), but that's not the same thing as full or deep shade, such as with woodland plants. Indeed, if you have a very shady area that receives little sun, woodland plants would be a good idea. Not all nurseries carry such plants and they can be hard to grow from seed, however you could always take a cutting from a plant growing in the forest (or if a neighbor has such plants).
Full shade tolerant woodland plants include Trillium, Bunchberry, Bleeding Heart, Blood root, Wild Ginger and Rue Anemone. Creepers such as Chickweed, Violets and Mints such as Ground Ivy and Bugleweed might do well. House plants that abhor the shade might enjoy being outside in the full shade. There's a simple idea, too: just move the pot outdoors and if she seems not to be doing well, simply move her right back on in! If you'd like to read more about shade tolerant plants, you can check out this resource HERE.
Getting back to my little garden idea: there is a sunny area close to the gate leading to the yard, but I'd have to calculate how many hours of afternoon sun it gets. As the days get longer, perhaps a lovely Cucumber or Nasturtium might enjoy trailing up the fence. I know those Cukes sure love their sun, so this garden idea is on my to-figure-out list.
Speaking of figuring things out, here's a fun no-brainer: did you know you can regrow certain veggies from your food scraps? Find out more HERE.
Botany Online using the book Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel is just starting now, this week, so there's time still if you're interested to check it out (offered by donation). I'm going to be taking the class because while I've wanted to delve more into botany, I've bemoaned the fact of doing it on my name (seems rather, um, boring, all that latin and families changing places and names with new discoveries!). But, good practical knowledge to know, especially when out foraging. It means I could identify a plant by certain characteristics and at least place her in a certain family, even if I don't know what her particular name is.
Good times ahead! Next thing you know, I'll be writing about how I'm cleaning out all the containers and seeing which ones need to be redecorated. I know already that the large bottom of a ferret cage that I'll be using to grow Tomatoes, Cukes and Peppers needs to be "re-upholstered." I glued the outside of it with a plastic tablecloth to make it look pretty a few years ago, but last fall I took it off as it had done its time. Some things last longer than others, it seems ;)
Alrighty, sunshine, keep on bringing the light because we all here are sure appreciatin' it :)
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