The Children’s Garden is growing well. One strawberry plant seems to have died, probably from dehydration from that three-day stretch we had with no rain. (It was on an end.) I intend to be more diligent to ensure things all get watered from now on.
The other weird thing is somebody stole the cherry tomato plant. The whole thing, roots and all, like they just wanted to plant it on their porch or something. It was beginning to flower and looked like it might produce tomatoes soon. I’m disappointed somebody would be that selfish, but whatchagonnadoo? At least the rest of the garden is still fine.
In the children’s herb garden I planted:
- chocolate mint (smells like a wonderful cup of mint cocoa!)
- German Thyme
- fernleaf dill
- Allstar strawberries
- Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes
- English lavender
- curled parsley
Everything either smells wonderful, or will produce a fantastic fruit. Everything is sweet and inviting. The reaction so far has been very positive.
I was warned that maybe someone might try to vandalize it if it were left in a public place like that. But I’m betting that won’t happen. People don’t usually try to just destroy gardens. Pick from them, sure, but not flat-out destroy them. Having an open invitation to touch, taste, and smell gives folks something to think about other than hurting. It makes them feel welcome and valued. That increases everyone’s sense of ownership. Feeling like you kind of own a thing makes you less likely to want to hurt it at all.
Still haven’t found my camera since the move, but as soon as possible I will try to get a snapshot of the garden. It will be fun to see how it grows in the next few months, and how it develops next year too.
One more thing I planted is like a stealth plant: I put in seeds of globe basil. I don’t know for sure if it will germinate, or how it will grow in competition with all the other plants. I scattered the seeds everywhere, so anything not actively growing one of the other herbs is going to soon be covered with baby basil plants. They will crowd out any other weeds, and provide nice thinnings to eat. I think I’ll keep them as a “stealth” herb, and wait to see who notices.
I may not get to plant these this year, but I fell in love with these beans the moment I saw them. Someday I want to make a necklace of these beans! Maybe that would be a craft I could sell.
I think this mini-clawfoot tub pond is beautiful! I’ll probably just have a plastic tub, maybe surrounded by rocks. I do hope to have a little fountain trickling into it, for the aeration and for the pretty sound.
A pond encourages all kinds of pest-eating critters to make a home in your garden. Plus, they’re just restful to the soul.
I’ll plant anything I can find that grows in water. I’ll probably also try to keep some goldfish there.
These flowers are good for healing skin when made into a tincture or a salve. They are wonderful as additives in soap. They generally grow easily, and seed can be saved year after year. Also called “pot marigold”.
These flowers are edible, both the leaves and the blossoms. I don’t like eating them because they are rather peppery. But they are beautiful, and help repel pests. I may plant some on the ground beneath my containers to brighten the area. They grow luxuriously even in poor conditions. You can always count on nasturtiums!
These are a lot like chives, but have a bit more bite. It’ll be good for variety.
This plant has beautiful lush green leaves on long vines that will climb beautifully all over the chain link fence. It has dramatic red flowers, and it also has edible shell beans. I know I’m weird about this, but my favorite part is when you let the beans go to seed and dry, because they become brightly colored and shiny, speckled with black and magenta. I’ve always wanted to make some kind of jewelry out of them, like a kid at camp!
I like that this one is called “dinosaur kale”. It’s supposed to have the most phytonutrients of any kale. I don’t know what a phytonutrient is, but I like the sound of it!
This humble green is often found growing on roadsides. Anything that easy to grow is probably my friend.
I’ve never tasted it, but it is said to be quite similar to lettuce, and useable in salads the same way. And hey, it’s gotta be cool that it comes pre-chopped into bite size!