Ms Robin's Garden

  (Caneyville, Kentucky)
Happenings on the Hilltop
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We've started planting!

Nothing quite as entertaining as the adventure with the Butterfly Bush the other day to report. Unless of course, you were actually here to witness my hobbling around the place the next day. I didn't hurt myself, but I sure hurt all over. Especially my right arm. You know, from patting myself on the back? Honestly, I was just a little stiff and sore, but nothing serious. It actually felt pretty good to do something really physical.
 
The neighbor farmer came the next day and finished up the garden. It looks fantastic! I've been working on marking off the wide rows and pulling soil from the walkways up onto the rows. I prefer gardening with wide deep rows. They heat up better for planting and drain well. By planting intensively, it also cuts down on weed growth. We'll have at least thirty 3' x 20' rows. Maybe more, because he overshot the outline I had staked out before he started plowing. The soil is nice and crumbly, perfect growing condition. I'm still waiting on the results from the soil samples to see if I need to add anything, but they should be here soon. I did a preliminary at-home soil test, before I dropped the samples off at the County Extension Office, for comparison. If it was accurate, I shouldn't have to add much more than a little lime.
 
The tomatoes were moved out to the greenhouse today. Tomorrow, I'll pot them up to the next size, as they are getting way too big for the pots they are in now. Still have about three weeks before I will feel confident enough with the weather to plant them out in the garden. The Cherry Tomatoes in the self-watering buckets are doing great, already about 3' high. A wide row each of Broccoli, onions and potatoes have already been planted. Planning on planting 2 more rows of potatoes and a row of Sugar Snap Peas tomorrow.
 
I worked on the perennial garden the other day and fluffed up some empty rows for the new herbs. The strawberries are starting to leaf out. I'm going to add a heavy layer of mulch on top of the Asparagus to keep it from coming up too soon. 
 
Things seem a little slow in getting planted out in the garden, but I'm juggling dates to time everything so that it starts coming in the week we start deliveries.
 
 

Herbs

I have to confess, I haven't really used much in the way of fresh herbs in the past. I did add some fresh Rosemary to a Pot Roast one time and it was amazing. Al likes to experiment when he cooks, so he uses a lot of different dried herbs. However, when I did bring in fresh herbs from the garden, he would try them. Now that we're growing fresh herbs, I'm sure we'll be using them a lot more! We'll include a couple of small bunches each week with your weekly share, and let you know how to use them.
 
We have transitioned the original garden to a perennial garden. It will be so much easier to have everything that comes back on it's own each spring to be enclosed in the same garden. This is the permanent home for our asparagus and strawberries. We also have Sweet Basil, Spicy Globe Basil, Tarragon, Chives, Rosemary, and Lemon Balm in this garden that we planted last summer. I'm starting seed trays today of Lavender, Sage, Oregano, Thyme, Curled and Plain Parsley, Cilantro, additional Chives, Dill, Genovese Basil (Italian), Chamomile, Summer Savory, Winter Savory and Old English Thyme. Don't know how to use them all yet, but we'll learn together! By the way, what isn't used fresh, can easily be dried for future use.
 
Along the front of the perennial garden are wide beds full of Gladiolas, Iris and Peonies. These are wonderful as cut flowers and will be included in a bouquet with your weekly shares, as available. If you don't have one already, you might be on the lookout for a taller, sturdy vase for them with a 3"- 4" opening. Thrift stores generally have them under $1. I've also used a tall jar sitting down in a wine bottle cooler or a pretty pitcher, or a half gallon jar with a wide ribbon tied in a bow around the neck too, and that's really pretty.

 
 
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