Garden Update 23 May 2008
It’s been awhile since my last garden update and I don’t think we ever posted pictures of our herb garden that Bob got J. for his birthday in April. We weren’t sure if we would be able to grow anything on our balcony because we don’t get a lot of light but as the days get longer we are getting more and more. We also figure that since the Colorado sun can be quite deadly it’s probably better for our plants that they don’t get high noon sun. What they do get is a nice view of Cheyenne Mountain. These herbs have flavored a couple of dishes and eventually we want to harvest and dry the leaves out and then we can give our mortar and pestle a test drive. In the meantime we’ll continue to buy our organic spices in bulk.
I can barely stand to see the slaughter… we had to kill some zucchini and bean plants that we just don’t have a place for and prune the bee balm so that the strongest had room and nutrients to grow. As you can see bee balm, while unassuming on the topside, is a pretty purple on it’s underside.
Our sunflowers were also a wash but then we didn’t have big enough containers so it’s our own fault. For our wedding reception we are going to stick with organic lollipops we are having custom made. If for some reason that doesn’t work out then we will probably hit the nearest nursery up a couple days before the wedding and put our parents to work :).
Overall, we are pretty proud of our garden. The experience is unfortunately bittersweet since we will be moving across the country in July/August and the 5 gallon containers with cages are not going to be able to make the trip with us. At least we will start our new garden armed with a couple tools and some invaluable personal experience.