It’s a gorgeous day today and almost noon, so I’ve decided to take a break from the blazing sun and rest my weary wearies.
The garden is half completed. The herb bed is pumping out chives and thyme, the perennial perennials. I planted a couple of backup thyme because the older mama plant took a hit from the severe winter. Parsley plants are transplanted, and I’ve sown assorted leaf lettuce, spinach, and coriander/cilantro.
Elsewhere in the plot are Brussels sprouts and broccoli. I’m a sucker for punishment with these two vegetables. I have yet to have any luck in this garden with the Brassica . This year I’ve amended the soil with fresh dark top soil. I hope that makes a difference. I loves me sprouts.
Oregano volunteers are still everywhere. They are indestructible, apparently. The oregano slope is taking shape and the transplants, carelessly yanked out and plopped into place with barely a “by-your-leave” look like they’ve been there forever. Gotta love that kind of coöperation!
Along the southern facing wall of the house, I’ve planted tomatoes, sweet red peppers, hot red peppers and jalapeno, too. These heat seeking annuals thrive in this space. To fill in the gaps between the tomatoes, I’ve planted basil. I had pesto for the first time at Karen’s and enjoyed it. If nothing else, they will make a pretty display until the tomatoes fill out and threaten to overtake the neighbourhood.
Yet to be sown are green, yellow, and purple string beans. “Royal Burgundy” is a novel variety that is quite functional when it comes time to blanch the beans. They will turn green when heated. You stop the steaming process at the moment all of the purple is gone, transfer the beans to cold water to stop the cooking, bag ’em up and off to the freezer!
Hm. Now that I think of it, I still have beans in the freezer from last year. I love beans, but Reiner…? Not so much. I suppose this means I’m going to have some garden space left over if I scale back in the bean department.
Wait! I forgot zucchini! Ack! How is that possible? I must have zucchini. What will I offer the neighbours by way of compensation for the runaway tomatoes? Besides beans, oregano, and tomatoes, that is.