My garden this year is… not doing quite as well as I’d like. I got a late start on it, and started most things from seeds. But the sage finally came up, and my hyacinth bean vines are doing really well, despite Bella having decided that they are fun to chew on. I also transplanted my petunias into grow bags. I am hopeful that they’ll do well in them, but the transplanting may have been a bit traumatic. I’m also trying to grow some rosemary and mint and a thyme lawn.
Unfortunately, the thyme is doing super poorly. I transplanted thyme plants into a 3′ x 3′ raised bed on the back patio. A few days ago, I realized that there are grubs, and they have really enjoyed snacking on the thyme roots. I’ve ordered some milky spore and am waiting for it to arrive. I may have to give up on the thyme lawn, though. I’m considering trying Johnny Jump Ups. They are purple and yellow violas that I’m told are fairly grub resistant. If I do, I’ll probably start from seed, and it’ll be a while before I do so.
I also repotted the houseplants a few days ago. They seem to be doing well and are enjoying being in bigger pots. (They were getting a bit rootbound.) I may see if I can get baby purple zebra plants. We’ll see.
This weekend was amazingly warm, so yesterday I decided to do a bit of gardening. Bella supervised, of course. Here’s a quick rundown of what I did:
- Propped up some of the raspberry canes, which are mostly green—though I did have to prune off a few brown ends. I’ll have to give these some 10-10-10 food.
- Repotted the blueberry shrubs, which are also green, and gave them some azalea food. I used Mr. Fig’s old pot for one of the blueberry shrubs.
- Planted some cat grass in three window boxes. In a few weeks, these will be brought inside for Bella to nibble on.
- Planted some lavender seeds in two containers.
- Threw some old nasturtium seeds into a pot. These seeds are a few years old, so who knows if they’ll grow or not.
This sounds like a lot, but it really only took an hour and a half. I still ended up feeling rather worn out afterwards, though.
Of course, then I checked the weather forecast and saw that the lows for Tuesday and Wednesday will be in the 30s. Still, my garden tends to be survival of the fittest, so we’ll see. Maybe things will will be okay.
The mint plant is still going, though I think i need to divide it and give it some more room. It’s probably getting rather root bound. That will have to wait until at least next weekend, however.
We’ve had some remarkably warm weather in Philadelphia lately, and many of the plants are blooming and budding early.
About a week ago, I heard that the USDA had put out a new plant hardiness zone map. It’s been updated to reflect new plant growth patterns. Several areas are now considered warmer than they were before. Philadelphia, as it happens, is now zone 7b, where previously it was considered 6b, if I recall correctly.
The new map does raise some concerns about global warming, but I have to admit , it makes me wonder what I’ll be able to grow. At the very least, this is good news for Mr. Fig’s future.
In related gardening news, I have no idea what I’m going to grow this year. I’m not sure if I’ll plant much of anything new, really. We’ll see.