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Got more than a dozen herb plants tucked in all over Veg Bed #1. In fact, there are more herbs than veggies in there, so I think it really should be renamed Herb Bed #1. Several types of basil, some oregano and sweet marjoram, lemon balm. Now just need to keep feeding and watering them and let the High Desert Sun have at them. Hope to do this again next year!



Set out some more herbs today

2 – Purple Ruffles Basils
1 – Lemon Balm
1 – Lemon Basil, Mrs. Burns
2 – oregano
1 – sweet marjoram

Still more to put out… but at least I accomplished something today. As I put in my garden journal, better to be planted out in a less than ideal place than to be stuck inside under grow lights all your life.

Been harvesting lemon basil from my indoor plants. Yum!



Rusian Sage Bit the Dust; Basils Growing

Rusian Sage in Gel2Grow bit the dust. I think it wasn’t humid enough…

Lime basil is starting to recover from transplant shock and now is sporting a number of new leaves. I think the days hitting 80 or more are helping it, but the nights still being in the 40’s is stunting it.

Blue spice basil is kind of hanging out not growing – but at least it is not dying.

Lemon balm seems to be starting to wake up outside. I’ve got 4 more that need to go out in the garden.

2 little oreganos starting to recover from transplant. Red rubin basil next to it doesn’t look so healthy.

Marigold looking healthy. Not big enough to bloom yet, but I pinched it back and it’s getting a little bushier now.

Some of the strawberries getting established looking now.

Still need to put out: monarda, more basils, more oregano.



Is the last frost past?

Rusian sage cuttings not rooted yet and looking semi-poorly. No worries – the bushes at work are huge and prolific. I’m going to take some more cuttings and try them in water instead of the gel-2-grow.

Put a lemon balm outside yesterday – into veg bed #1. The lime basil out there is limping along (replacement for snow-killed lemon basil). I pinched a dead leaf today and it really did smell like lime.

The two toms in veg bed #1 look like they are recovering from the snow and are now starting to actually grow. The NE one is a yellow pear. The SE one is a steak sandwich.

One bearded iris is blooming a deep burgundy/maroon/nearly brown color. Contrasts nicely with the small, bright, glowing orange of my very healthy orange weed.

Raspberries hanging on. Strawberries also hanging on. Some of the garlic going gang busters. Time to feed the garlic.

Giving away two yellow pear tomato plants today. Got to pass the wealth around.



Snowed last Friday - 80 degrees Yesterday

Do you think we are done with snow for the year yet?! All 3 basils outside bit the dust (although the tomatoes survived ok).

Lemon basil indoors is going crazy. So is the large leafed basil. Smells soooo goooood! But I’m so far behind on my transplanting! 10 basil plants or more to plant out or transplant, a half a dozen tiny lemon balm plants, my lovely rosemary. No time for anything, it seems, some days.

Took some cuttings of rusian sage from work and put them in Gel-2-Grow rooting hormone gell. They smell sooooo good, although I hear it doesn’t taste nearly as good as it smells. Purple flower spikes; doesn’t bat an eye at the cold. Blooms like crazy in the heat of summer as long as it gets regularly watered. I hope they are as easy to root as I’ve read.



Waiting, waiting

The temps in the 80s last week and the beginning of this week have me desiring to put little basil plants out in the dirt – however, it is still only Early Spring here, and cooler weather is predicted for the end of the week. Night time temps down to about 38 by Thursday. Still kind of nippy for basil. I do have one lemon basil and two dark opal basils in protected spots out side. We’ll see how they fare.



Grow light space solved

Bought another one!

The purple ruffles basils are so – cute. We are continuing to eat lemon basil – our tummies are happy and pinching back the plants have made them nice and bushy. Took some lemon basil cuttings last week and stuck them in a bottle of water – and one is rooting already! What a quick and easy way to make more basil plants!

Tiny oreganos are coming along very slowly. I think it’s too cold for them. Lemon balm is starting to take off, now that they have their first true sets of leaves.

Rosemary needs potting into a bigger pot. Need to plant more marrigold seeds. And cosmos, too. And peppers. And etc!

Warm this week. Lows only down to 39*F. Garlic is looking beat up by the wind outside, but otherwise looking good. Strawberries are surviving outside. Hopefully this sunshine this week will be good for them.



Spring sure is lagging this year

I’ve got some nice looking lemon basils ready to go outside, but the wind and the cold just don’t seem to want to leave this year…

So, since some of the lemon basil is looking leggy, I’ve been pinching and eating the pinchings. Yummy. But I’m running out of containers and grow light space to plant things in!



Fresh Lemon Basil in a Salad

The very first Sweet Dani Lemon Basils are at “pinching” stage, so my daughter and I harvested a few leaves and added them to our salad last night. My fingers smelled so delicious after picking them! I can’t wait until summer when they are growing rampant and I can harvest some just for the decadent use of rubbing on my hands! Mmmmmm!

Need to

  • buy potting soil
  • pot up dark opal basil, cinamon basil and one of the blue spice basils
  • send basil seeds to my friend

Life is delicious!



Oregano is Up!

2 sturdy looking marjorams, 2 little peat pots with a bunch of oregano babies sprouting, and – finally – the giant purple hyssop has germanated. It’s been almost 3 weeks since I sowed the purple hyssop – I was beginning to wonder if it was going to germinate. I’m sooo looking forward to fresh herbs this summer.



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