Saturday, February 21, 2009

Gardening Binge 2009 #2: Check!

I knew after my last seed order a few weeks ago, there were still a few things I forgot. I definitely wanted to order the Agribon row covers. I also want to make the existing wild violet area (as described in this post last year) on the other side of the yard into an edible flower bed, but didn't get anything for that when I ordered my veggies. So, today I had some time to spare and of course my thoughts immediately went to my garden, and the little violets that should be sprouting any week now. One thing led to another, and bye bye hard earned $$$! Haha. At least I don't feel too bad since they are all edible and most perennial. Here's the haul, all organic, from Peaceful Valley:

  • Anise Hyssop (Mint Licorice) Agastache foeniculum
  • White Yarrow Achillea millefolium*
  • Bergamot Lavender Monarda fistulosa*
  • Calendula Flashback Calendula officinalis
  • Nasturtium Rainbow Whirlybird Mix Tropaeoleum majus
  • Nasturtium Climbing Amazon Mix Tropaeolum majus
  • Garlic Chives Allium tuberosum
  • Catalogna (Italian) Dandelion Greens Cichorium intybus (these were Free!)
  • Tendergreen Mustard (also Free!)
  • Mache Gala (a.k.a. lamb's lettuce or corn salad)
  • The lightest Agribon (19) to keep the worms off my Kale
  • The next heavier Agribon (30) to protect crops from frost

*Native to New Jersey!

Wuhoo! I'm so excited I don't even know what to do with myself. Well, actually I do- make lots and lots of origami boxes to use as pots for indoor seedlings! I better get to it- hopefully it will work and you'll see the results in my next post.

Now I need to put some more details here on a couple of these new plants that I've never grown before.
-Anise Hyssop= Height: 2-4'; Spacing:18-24 in. (45-60 cm); Sun to Light Shade; Propagation: From seed; sow indoors before last frost (cold, moist stratification dramatically improves germination); blooms mid to late summer

-White Yarrow= Height: 6" - 4'; Spacing: 1 - 2'; Full Sun; Drought resistant; Propagation: Divide in the spring. The seed germinates in 2 weeks at temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees. Light is necessary for seed germination (so plant no deeper than 1/4 inch). Germination time indoors may be as little as 5 to 7 days.; bloom in June, but will bloom again in September if the dead clusters are removed

-Bergamot Lavender = Height: 3' - 5' (mowing may keep it shorter & water/fertilizer will make it grow huge); Spacing: 12 - 24" (good air circulation keeps away powdery mildew); Full sun to light shade; Somewhat drought resistant (moreso than monarda didyma) but may like moist feet - seems to depend; Propagation: Direct seed 2 seeds/in or start indoors 4-6 wks before last frost and transplant when frost danger has passed. Planting Depth: 1/8"-1/4"Soil Temp. for Germ.: 60-70°FDays to Germ.: 10-21; Blooms in June/July, may continue through Sep. if deadheaded

Other Possibilities:
  • Tagetes tenuifolia (lemon or tangerine signet marigold)
  • Malva sylrestris (common mallow, french hollyhock)
  • and/or Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) probably doesn't taste as good as mallow but it sure is cute! Also has upward, tall habit
  • Bellis perennis (English Daisy, Lawn Daisy) small, adorable and I NEED it haha
  • Centaurea cynaus (Bachelor's Button, Cornflower) pretty, blue, many colors but also large: 2 - 3 feet tall
  • Platycodon grandiflorum (Balloon Flower) Another purple 2 - 3 foot tall totally gorgeous edible flower

1 comment:

Aubade said...

Darn. Just realized I should have gotten Monarda didyma, not Monarda fistulosa. Boo.

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