“Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.” ~Mrs. C.W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897
We have finally had a break in the weather after being pounded by the tail end of winter, hopefully. Liam and Sophia and I have started breaking ground on an extension for my wife’s herb garden. It should add another 8 to 10 feet in length. A large portion of that will be basil from what Meghann has said, she has plans to make a serious amount of pesto this year. We have also been scouting the surrounding woods for nice stones to continue the border from the old garden.
I will eventually be adding another 4 or 5 feet to the vegetable garden as well. It is a nice set up because there is a 1 foot path that separates the extensions from one another so that one can walk amongst both gardens. I have some new vegetables this year also. I will unveil those at a later date though.
We have been talking about creating an herb/flower garden to encompass our rose bushes. Recently I read an article in “Organic Gardening” (April/May 2010 issue)that mentioned Japanese beetles do not like poppies or snapdragons. Since the beetles devour our roses we thought about planting those around the roses and mingling in some sage and lavender as well as a variety of other flowers.
We will be working with some friends on a cooperative garden this year as well so we will keep everyone up to date on that. So stay tuned we have big plans for 2010!