Tuesday, May 03, 2011

I Canned Pickled Beets Today...

...and then I transplanted about a hundred carnation seedlings in the garden. Three hours later, I had most of the seedlings in, and six jars of pickled beets cooling on the counter. Pictures and recipe for those tomorrow, after they set.

Also planted today:

annual flower mix seedlings
Canterbury bells
bell peppers

Planted earlier this week:

forget me nots
curry plant
cherry tomato
dwarf eggplant
four o' clocks

Next up:

About 25 sunflowers (god help me, I don't know what I was thinking)

After that:

California poppy
sweet pea

...and more than I can think of off the top of my head. Slowly though, I'm reclaiming my windowsils. The peas, spinach, onions, potatoes, rocket, fava beans, and escarole are all thriving like mad. I was lucky to get the hardy crops in early.

I hope I don't drop dead before I can enjoy my garden. Oh, how out-of-shape I feel in the first few weeks of serious gardening each year. I. Am. So. Old.

Yeah, you'd better get offa my lawn. You damn beatnik kids.


Janice said...

I have bay laurel on my list of things to grow. How is your plant doing? Also, I am not familiar with a curry plant. Is that a flower? If the rain ever lets up here in Ohio, I will be feeling old from gardening too.

Goody said...

The laurel is doing great, but it has to overwinter indoors in cold climates. I have it in a large pot, but it will only get so large. In a warm climate, in the ground they become a tree. Just in a week, it started leafing anew-so I'm really pleased.

I've never seen curry plant either, and where i bought it, they didn't list a Latin genus for it. It is not "curry leaves", but rater looks like a dwarf rosemary that smells like Madras curry powder. You use it as a cutting herb, I guess.