Like many of you, I imagine, I've taken advantage of the early arrival of spring to get my seeds started and get some plants in the ground. Over the weekend, gardening season began in earnest at my house because my husband bought the straw bales to begin work on our vegetable garden. (More on that below.) While we were at a local nursery ordering the bales, I was delighted to discover some of the more hard-to-find herbs I've been looking for, and over the weekend I potted up three of them into my teacup planter, which I've been getting lots of use from this year. What's planted?
Pineapple Mint, for one thing. I'm so happy to have this to use in flavoring iced teas!
This Variegated Peppermint will be used in my tea as well—and it's just so pretty.
And the Golden Lemon Thyme is something I want to try in chicken salad for tea sandwiches. This plant looked quite healthy, so I was happy to find it.
Here are a few of the 15 bales in which we'll again be growing vegetables this year. Has straw bale gardening caught on where you live? It's getting lots of buzz around here. We tried it last year and were amazed at the yield when growing veggies in bales of straw. If you're curious about this method, go here to read about the lovely woman who introduced us to this unique method of gardening. And I'll try to do a better job this year of updating with more photos once the goodies start spilling off the bales!