Friday, May 26, 2006

Dishing The Dirt

So, after an extended delay, the veggies and herbs are planted.

Hubby and the Undeserving Relative got off their backsides and built the two raised beds I’d been carping about for the last two months last weekend, then Hubby and I filled them with all sorts of goodies, including topsoil, leaf compost and cow compost (manure).

I’ve got 9 tomato plants. Seven of them heirloom varieties. The one I'm most excited about is Principe Borghese. This is an Italian variety that lends itself particularly well to drying.

There are also several pepper plants. Unfortunately it will be a total surprise to see which is which since Rockhead went through and UNplanted them and scrambled the markers while she was at it. $20.00 later, I have fencing around BOTH beds.

In the herb department, I’ve got chives, cilantro, thyme, oregano, basil, sage, rosemary, lavender and peppermint.

We’re in the process of tearing up the back deck, as well. The previous owners put it in ostensibly as a selling point, but I think it was really to cover up the fact that they SAID they’d put in a French drain, when they hadn’t. This has led to much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth every time we watch the rivers of water wash through our garage with each rainstorm.

Another new edition to the landscape are 4 banana trees. The tags say “Ensete”, which is a semi-dwarf variety native to the Himalayas, but they LOOK more like dwarf Cavendish. Either way, they’re pretty.

In other gardening news…

If you’ve gotten an email or been told by someone not to purchase mulch from home improvement stores because it’s infested with Formosan Termites, don’t worry.

This is one of those suburban legends that Snopes and other hoax-buster sites has put to rest.

Read about it here, if you’d like.

Happy Gardening!