Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Garden Photos!

A Purple Finch at our window bird feeder.  The dogs have added their nose prints while watching the birds.  The birds don't seem to mind being watched.

Eden loved planting beans with me!

My mini greenhouse.

Worms in my vermicompost bin!

I made a bamboo teepee for my pole beans to climb!

I have them hanging on my front porch!

Rosemary , Basil, Peppermint, Chamomile and Cilantro.
In addition to the plants I have growing in my herb pot, I also have Chamomile, Rosemary, Lavender, Greek Oregano and Parsley growing in my herb garden out in front of the house.

Monday, March 17, 2008


Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw. ~Henry David Thoreau

I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large Garden. ~Abraham Cowley, The Garden, 1666

Some of you know that I long for the country life.  I want a big garden and chickens and fruit trees and a milk cow.  For now, though, I will settle for my crops in pots and my "herd" of worms!  

Crops in Pots
I am growing my garden in containers on the front porch!  Right now, I have strawberries in hanging baskets, an assortment of herbs (in pots and in the ground), peas, pole beans and lettuce and my  tomatoes are on their way (from Seed Savers).  I have a shady back yard and have never been able to have a garden there.  I decided that enough is enough!  My front porch and yard are south-facing and wonderfully sunny!  I'll post some photos soon!

Worms eat my garbage!  I have a worm compost bin.  I have a herd of Red Wiggler worms in a Rubbermaid bin.  They take care of our family kitchen waste.  When they finish with it, I am left with the most wonderful compost for mixing in to my soil and for fertilizing plants.  For more information, check out this site (it is a UNL site... just for you Sweetie)!