Thursday, June 28, 2012

New Blooms



Before undertaking any major gardening project, you must first make sure you have a proper cat.



You know the kind. One who'll take a look at what you have planned...



...and give you some honest feedback.

Betsy, we're not done. Betsy? BET-sy. BETSY!

Sigh.

So I planted 42 (so far) lavender plants...by myself.

I've given up vegetable gardening. It's not that I really have anything against vegetables, but slicing up a tomato and putting some salt on it (fits the no more than three ingredient qualification ;-) is about as far as I go cooking.

Putting out and maintaining a vegetable garden is a lot of work. By the middle of the summer (or the first day of spring) I feel like shooting myself. And we don't eat what we're killing ourselves trying to grow. If you can't answer the question "Why do we have a garden?"...why DO you have a garden.



I'm good at flowers. I have flowers in planters, baskets, at the house, on the porch, in front of the wool house, a dye garden behind the wool house, around the green house, over top of the mail box and I even enjoy seeing geranium blooms in the winter in the house. I love flowers. We have a beautiful garden spot. It is now filled with flowers :-).



It took a herculean effort on Saint Tim's part to get the weed patch garden tilled up. Not only were the weeds tall, thick, numerous and well established, the ground was like concrete. After he got it tilled up, I raked the loose dirt into raised rows and planted 11 different varieties of lavender.



Between the rows and around the edges I laid out some weed stopping (hopefully) old moving/shipping boxes, soaked them down with water and Tim covered them with mulch. A lot of mulch.



He hauled mulch and hauled mulch and hauled mulch.



And it looks awesome!




Lavender is a no brainer "crop" for us here. It looks good, the bees will love it, I can dry it for wool sachets...

And besides, the farmer's market is full of poor suckers vegetable producers all summer long ;-).

18 comments:

MarmePurl said...

Thank goodness we are all wired differently! I LOVE being in my veggie garden. It's my relax time!
ON the other hand...my three lone lavender plants up and died one day. And I love lavender for all sorts of uses. If it weren't for that geography thing, I'd offer you a trade!

Tombstone Livestock said...

and lavender may be a better cash crop than more squash and tomatoes at Farmer's Market. Enjoy your lavender garden ..... Might inspire me to get out there and get some of mine out of pots and in the ground. I think I have 5 varities so far.

csndyrn said...

Did away with my garden several years ago. If I want a tomato plant or two or some corn for shocks in the fall, I just plant in one of the flower gardens. Same thing for the lavender and dye garden. They are established and full of good compost so why not use up the space where something has died or replace something I don't admire anymore.

Lori Skoog said...

What a great idea. It will be gorgeous! Our veggie garden is doing well with all of Gary's attention.

YarnKettle said...

Looks like Saint Tim earned his name...again.
I just want to sneak up on Betsy and rub that belly fur!

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Sheepmom said...

I didn't even KNOW there were that many varieties of lavender. What a project! It looks beautiful. You know why Betsy keeled over, don't you? It's because she figured out NONE of those new plants is catnip!

cyndy said...

I see lavendar wands in your future!!

Great looking patch ;o)

Terry said...

Like Sheepmom, I had no idea there were so many varieties of lavender. Your farm is going to smell so good.

Michelle said...

I love the lavender idea instead of veggies! Ha!

La trib├╣ della valle dei cavalli said...

I have both veggies garden and lavander...I think lavander will take you no time at all once they begin to grow. So your wool will smell great!

Gayle said...

Today, as I struggled to harvest everything that is ready (and failed), I too wondered why I just don't stick to flowers.

Then I realized my problem: I grow more than one person can care for. Duh!

I can't wait to see it all in bloom.

Ed said...

I'm thinking the smell of lavender will be a good thing, just keep the kids out of there..;-)

Peruby said...

I agree. A garden is much too much work. I can just go to the farmer's market to get my tomato or two.

Dicky Bird said...

Your lavender garden looks great! Love the fence. I tried to grow lavender up here (Wisconsin) but we are too low, clay soil and too cold. Blessings.

Pam said...

I can't imagine you doing all that in this heat-Yikes!! Looks gorgeous-where did you get your lavender plants?

Far Side of Fifty said...

That is going to be a beautiful lavender patch..newspapers work well too to put mulch on..anything to help with the weeds! I will buy my tomatoes and lettuce too:)

sheepsclothing said...

yep. I did the same thing this year. gave up on the veggies. gonna plant more roses, perennial flowers, herbs and dye plants. Your lavender is going to be fabulous!

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