Look at this, three days in a row. Actually I wrote them all the same day after a lovely Sunday in the yard.
Saturday we spent the evening with some good friends of ours. We had wanted to duplicate their window boxes filled with various varieties of mint. We had the idea last summer when we were over at their house and they offered us some mint water. All it was was ice water with brused mint leaves in it. You can't believe how refreshing it is on a hot summer day.
So last summer I bought the self watering window box containers from Wal Mart. Last fall I used them for lettuce, but this spring they took on their permanent role. Mint containers.
I have been wating all winter for the local hardware store by our friend's house to get their stock of mint in. Last week I got the call saying they were in. We picked out multiple varieties of mint. Well, my wife picked them out since I had a cold or allergies so I couldn't smell a thing. In additon to the mint, we got lemon thyme, lemon balm and pineapple sage. The thyme went into the containers to break up the mint leaves so I could tell them apart when they all grow together. Sorry, I'm getting ahead of myself.
When we got home late Saturday, the plants just went outside with the tomatoes.
Sunday morning was spent planting and weeding with my Aunt. First we planted a Spanish Lavender that I got to replace the one that died last year. The bees LOVE it and it completes the triangle of cross-pollination for my blueberry plants. This time I planted it in the back of the blueberry bed so the bees won't be too close to the kids. I know they won't sting, but I'm not so confident that my kids won't get carried away and stumble into it.
Anyway, digging out a hole about 2 feet from an old evergreen stump should have warned me of this, but the going was slooooooow. There was a five inch thick root running through my hole. It took me the better part of an hour to dig a hole, since it required using an axe on the root. Here is a picture of what came out of the hole to make room for the lavender.
After the hole was cleared, the planting went smoothly with compost in the bottom and a bit more mixed in with the native soil for the infill.
Now it has room to grow and expand and won't be near the edge of the rock wall where the kids play. In front of that is where I planted the pineapple sage. It too is small righ now, but I saw the one my friends cut back from last year. It was a good one foot in diameter and woody. It went in much easier as it was a little seedling, but the planting process was the same. This corner that used to just have a sprawling lavender, is really comming together. I should really take a picture of the bed, but it needs more weeding. Don't all beds that aren't filled with Mel's Mix? hehe.
After my Aunt left, I took the time to plant up my mint. I was good about taking pictures so bear with me. Here is me figuring out the placement of the plants within the containers. There is already an initial layer of compost at the bottom.
The planting went pretty easy, though I ran out of my compost and vermiculite mixture and topped them off with straight compost. They should like it.
Like my impromptu work station on top of the kiddie play set. Probably should Craigslist that one unless our friends want it for their babby. My youngest is too big for it.
Here the bins are in their semi-permanent resting spots between the beds in my garden. I was thinking about haning them from the fence in the garden, but they would have to be right at the top to not be shaded by the fence. Also, I would have to buy the hangers, and I'm still Mr. Cheap until I find a job.
You can see that they fit nicely between the beds so they're 2 feet long. You can also tell that the path ways between the beds are useful things. The pot on the ground has my Stevia plant in it. It's come back with a vengence! I don't know if I'll keep these where they are once the trellis goes up in back and the SWCs get set up with my tomatoes. That would make for a crowded path way. Not sure where these will go then. Oh, and you can see the size of my collard greens. Going to have to ask EG what to do with them, hehe.
Overall, this was a productive gardening weekend, with some great quality time with the kids in the afternoons. Who could ask for more?