In my gardening adventures, I apparently have an incredible talent for growing weeds. I can’t grow grass (last year I blamed the drought, this year it looks like I’ll be blaming the weeds), but I can grow a great variety of weeds. I am trying to be conscientious about the environment and not use chemicals, however, I’m getting desperate. It seems that for every weed I pull, a half-dozen pop up in its place. I know there are some organic sprays that can be made, but I’m afraid I’ve waited too long in the season. I may still try, though, if time permits. The rain has been wonderful this winter – for the weeds. I suspect that if I were to enjoy a leisurely afternoon sitting in my backyard, I would be able to watch them grow.
Not to be dissuaded, I have been working on my herb garden. My sage, lavender, rosemary and curry have survived the winter, as have the esperanza and pride of barbados I planted alongside them. I did a thorough weeding, but I’m sure I’ll be back out there in a couple of days pulling out more of the persistent fiends. Today, I planted cilantro (although I’ve never had much luck with it), flat leaf and curly leaf parsley (never tried before), my basil seedlings (children of the basil plant that moved with us last year, but finally reached its end), tarragon, lemon thyme and marjoram. I also planted some dill and chive seeds. I still have two types of oregano to plant and my herb garden will be complete. I have been successful with basil and oregano, but only in pots. Now, time will be the judge as to whether I will be successful with them, and the other herbs, in my sunny-side herb garden.