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Herb Garden, 2010 — First Harvest


About three weeks ago I finally put in some herbs out front. My back yard doesn’t get enough sunlight to grow anything useful — plenty of hostas, but that’s about it. The front yard though? Great googly-moogly.

That first picture is a cilantro plant. It’s gone absolutely crazy. Which is cool, because I loooooove pico de gallo.

A little snip with some scissors — start from the outside and leave the smaller leaves near the stem for the next harvest — and I’ve got a couple of handfuls to work with.

On the other side of the front steps are the rosemary and thyme (with a backdrop of snapdragons and … something else I hope to identify when it flowers).

I chose silver thyme strictly for how it would look in the garden. It smelled the same as the other thyme plants, so I might as well go for looks too, right?

Across the driveway, where I planted last year, I’ve got a “volunteer” cilantro plant that I didn’t put in. It just came back from last year.

I hadn’t planned on putting that there, since it didn’t do well last year. But if it wants to come back anyway, who am I to argue?

Next to that are the chives, which I did expect to come back. I planted that three (or four?) years ago and it keeps coming back stronger.

I’ve already harvested this twice. Anyone know a good use for an abundance of chives?

Next to the chives are a couple of basil plants. This time I know they’re going to be big and bushy, so it’s just the two of them.

And finally, behind the basil, the tomatoes.

I’m not at all optimistic about the tomatoes. I got plenty of green tomatoes last year, but not a single one ripened on the vine before the first frost. The fact that they all fell over when they got big didn’t help. That’s why I’ve got four wire frames all up against each other. And this weekend I’ll be putting some six-foot stakes in to hold the frames up. Fingers crossed …

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