May was such a busy month for us, not least of which was Victoria Day weekend, during which my family typically does all our garden planning and planting for the year.
We don’t tend to have many flowers – no room! – but this year I finally got these little things. The smell is amazing, like soft honey, and I love looking at their cheerful little blooms. We still haven’t actually planted these in the ground. I really should have thought about space a bit more!
The ferns unrolling is one of my favourite gardening moments. They were such a surprise when I first found them years ago – I had no idea what the big brown knotted thing in the ground was.
The most exciting part of the garden, for me, is the herb patch. I love the variety, and the fact that I can pop out there and pick something that changes the entire flavour of dinner, or make a nice tea that will help with upset stomachs. (Nevermind simply sitting there and smelling the lavender!)
I have both French and English lavender – the English, I find, holds a bit more aroma, but the French (above), has lovely long stems that make for beautiful dried bunches.
Two varieties of sage this year – this one a golden one which looks beautiful. I love using this when I make a tofurky roast.
The oregano was already here when we moved in, and we’ve wrestled it into two pots in the ground to keep it manageable. It certainly didn’t suffer from the procedure. Adding fresh oregano to pasta makes a big difference in the flavour.
A new addition this year – some stevia. I’ve never grown this plant before, so we’ll see! I’m really looking forward to tasting it. The dried leaves are supposed to be incredibly sweet.
Two different kinds of basil! I adore it as a presto, and mixed fresh with some light cheese and tomato. I usually do this by slicing tomato and fresh mozzarella, and spreading the slices on a platter. Then I sprinkle with a touch of olive oil and a light wine vinegar and a touch of salt. This is then topped with oodles of fresh torn basil.
And another new addition – sweet peas! We rotate the crops in our planters, and these were supposed to be good for the soil to recover after last year’s tomatoes. We’ll see how it goes!
And a tomato plant. This is what we mostly focus on. We try a slew of varieties, and I’ll share a chart I did last year of how much crop we got out of what kind of plant. This year we have a few new ones, as well, so that’ll be fun to track.
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We also keep a number of berry bushes, the above being red currants. Last year we had an aphid problem on this guy, but he’s bounced back and hopefully this year won’t be affected.
And my personal favourite – a gooseberry bush. The berries are coming in for the first time this year, and I’m ridiculously excited. I hope the squirrels or rabbits won’t eat them before I can!
Tell me what your favourites are to grow!