Monday, May 18, 2009

Well Sweep Swept Me Away

Even though a Well Sweep is an old-time farming implement that made getting buckets of water out of a well easier, and has nothing to do with a broom, I can definitely still say this herb farm swept me off my feet! They had so many plants, it was completely overwhelming, in a good way of course.

As you can see from the picture, it was herbs as far as the eye could see. They had literally every single kind of herb I had ever heard of, plus many, many more that were completely new to me. I also saw a whole flock of the most adorable lambs, adults and babies - plus lots of pretty chickens in really nice coops. For a New Jersey farm, I have to say they really put the garden in the Garden State!

I spent about 3 hours just looking at all of the plants for sale, but could have easily spent twice that much time, or more. There was so much to learn, especially since their catalog was very well labeled and told a lot about each plant, such as whether or not it was winter hardy in our area, drought tolerant, edible, fragrant, sun needs, etc. It was helpful just to see what plants are supposed to look like too. Now for the seeds I am trying to grow at home, I know what they should look like when they grow. Unfortunately I had to get back home, so I didn't even get to go in their greenhouse with topiaries and rare species, or walk around the formal herb gardens. Guess this means I'll just have to go back soon! It was definitely worth the 1.5 hour drive.

I ended up wanting to buy everything of course, but managed to resist pretty well and only ended up spending a little over budget. I didn't really get anything that exotic, since I'm still new to this and trying to stick with things that are easy to grow. This is what I got, with a * next to the ones I planted last night:

  • *Logee Blue Rosemary
  • *D- Rosemary
  • *-Lavender
  • *Flat leaf Parsely
  • *White Borage
  • *2 Red Gem Marigold
  • *2 Tangerine Gem Marigold
  • *- Giant Dill
  • *Pink Chives (They had white too! They were a bit expensive since they are so rare, so I didn't buy one. Boy I'm kinda sorry now.)
  • 2 Black Hollyhock (since only 6 out of the 15 seeds I planted germinated)
  • Jacob Cline Red Bee Balm (since my seeds didn't germinate)
  • White Yarrow (since I lost the seeds I ordered somehow!)
  • - Shasta Daisy
  • Anise Hyssop (since my winter sowing experiment failed miserably)
  • Shiso (Perilla) Japanese Mint
  • Ostrich Fern
  • 2 Astilbe
Unfortunately Well Sweep did not have any compost for sale. We also stopped at a couple places on the way home, but none had anything suitable. I spoke with a knowledgable worker taking care of the plants at a decent nursery - and while they did have bagged organic compost made out of manure and humus, she said it has a tendency to burn plants so she didn't recommend that type. She also said my peppers are probably turning green because we have had so much rain lately. So it may just be too much water. I'm hoping that's it, and they'll recover soon as the weather gets warmer. I also bought some yellow squash from this nursery since I forgot to get them at Brock's when I bought the rest of the summer plants.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for twitting on my blog post on Tomato Cages.

I really liked your blog. Looks like we share the same passion on growing edible vegetables in the backyard.

I look forward to reading your posts.


Chris and his Japanese Mint said...

Hello there fellow herb enthusiast. I bought a couple myself recently. I have an Oregano Thyme, Japanese Mint, Chocolate Mint and a Peppermint. I'm thinking of getting a Basil and a Lavender too.

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