The greenhouses are bursting their seams! My plants are growing at an astonishing pace - many of the tomatoes have blossoms. With the heat, it has been a chore to keep up with the watering. I have planted a few of the annual herbs in my own beds, but basil will have to wait, as a frosty stare is enough to cut it down. Mother Nature seems to be cooperating - with the warm weather, many things are blooming much earlier than usual. My asparagus is already up and ready to pick, and the lilacs are almost out. If you would like to come by and get a jump on some of your plantings, please let me know and I will try to be available. We will be officially open the weekend of May 16 and 17, but many plants can be set out now (if you watch for a frost and cover your plants). We currently have the following herbs:
Fernleaf Dill (a compact plant)
Lemon Gem Marigold
Parsley (curled or plain)
Basils - I do not recommend planting these outside until the end of May - but we have the following:
Aromato - Mrs. Burns Lemon - Queenette - Red Rubin - Serrata - Lime - Cinnamon
Golden Pineapple Sage
Curly Willow Tree
White Swan Echinacea
In addition, there are many plants that can be dug from my beds. I have Foxglove, Queen of the Meadow, Valerian, Bee Balm, Chives, Violets, etc. If you are looking for a particular plant, let me know - I may have it or can find it for you.
On to tomatoes - I have the following Heirloom Tomatoes this year:
Aunt Ruby's German Green
Blue Beech Paste
If you haven't tried Heirloom Tomatoes, you are missing one of the delights of the summer. These varieties have been saved and handed down, and are not generally available commercially, as they can be large, tender, misshapened, etc. But what flavor! And there are some stunning colors, which can make for a visual treat, as well. Come in early for the best selection, as they will sell out fast.
I hope you can enjoy the pleasures of gardening this year - remember, many herbs can successfully be grown in pots, so having a small/no yard is no excuse. I have Micro Tom tomatoes, Apache Hot Pepper and Mohwak Sweet Pepper, all bred for growing in pots. (Salsa, anyone?) A pot of basil, one of rosemary, another of parsley, and don't forget lemon verbena, and you will have a veritable gourmet kitchen at your fingertips. Be adventuresome - give herbs a try!
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