Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ah, The Difference Rain Can Make....And Lower Temps, Too

I took these pictures this weekend and in just a few days they look tiny in comparison to what's out there now. We've had a touch of rain for the last two days and lower temps in the high 80's to low 90's. I think I've mentioned the eggplant and jalapenos are flowering again and the peas, cucumbers and beans are almost ready to start climbing. Looks like I need to go get some more trellising quick-like.

Here is the pea picture I took this weekend. I went for more of the scatter method than the methodical SFG method with these as the boy was screaming from the deck that he needed me to come see the newest Lego house he built.
They look small here, but now they're ready to start climbing. The cabbage has also broken ground as have the pickling cucumbers, but no sign yet of the broccoli. I'm still holding my breath.

For all of the veggies I grow, I've never grown herbs. I have that rosemary bush, but that's it. My girlfriend in NC was pretty taken aback by this and gave me a cutting of her basil plant that she rooted for me. I'd never really liked basil, but she used some in a recipe while we were visiting this summer and I saw the light and transferred to the basil-dark-side. Lynn-Lady, here is your basil plant now....
I've kept it alive and actually have used leaves from it several times and you've inspired me to grow an oregano plant which we're also using. You've added flavor to our meals and we thank you.

On a Keychains for a Cause note, today I got in some bus driver ribbon. Those bus drivers are so under paid and have to deal with so much that would make a normal person drown themselves in the nearest water fountain. And, listening to a suggestion from my students at school, I picked up some "Princess" ribbon with silver sparkles. I'll put both of these up later today or tomorrow. That's probably it on the design front for me unless anyone has other suggestions. I'm all ears.

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The morning comes early...at least for another 172 days. Sweet gardening dreams.


  1. You know, I came over to the basil dark side this year, too! I've always grown it, but just dried it and tossed it into spaghetti sauce. This year we are actually eating pesto in our spaghetti! Now I'm actually cutting it and processing it with olive oil and freezing it in ice cube trays. And I use it!

  2. Basil is wonderful. Pesto is wonderful. Herbs can make anything better!

  3. Mmmmmm, basil. I'm chiffonading some onto fresh tomato pasta tonight. Welcome to my side of the garden!

  4. It's funny, I didn't like basil before either. Now I love it. I have lots of perrenial herbs in my garden. Basil is the only annual.

  5. What would summer be without fresh basil? Almost as bad as a summer without tomatoes... Welcome to the dark side. I think it might be time for a little thyme also, it's an indispensable year round herb in my garden. :-)