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Posted on March 29, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Now, we do NOT eat this, but Gizmo does.  I know that it is edible, and some people make tea using catnip, but I don’t like it.  It smells like soap to me, and that is not a flavor I want to eat or drink.
Catnip is a kind of mint, so you have to be careful where you plant it.  It will spread, and its seeds are prolific too.  But we have this perfect spot.  Gizmo can get to it easily, it acts like a foundation planting around the bottom deck, and best of all…the deer don’t bother it.  Furthermore, it is perennial and pretty.
Can’t beat that!!!
Posted on March 28, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
I threw arugula seeds into this bed on February 9th, same day that I planted cabbages, kales, broccoli, etc.  
This is how it looks now.  We started harvesting little leaves to put in with our salad greens.
I love this time of year, when everything starts greening up.
Posted on March 27, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
We are not from up north, but if you are, you probably recognize this plant.  It is Rhubarb just emerging after the winter.
Years ago, Hilda (who is from Ohio) divided her Rhubarb and offered some to me.  Of course, I love growing plants, so I took some and planted it in a shady part of the garden.  It has been growing there ever since.  I divide it once in a while, and offer the extra plants to my gardening friends.  
Jon remembers his grandmother in Seattle, when he was little, making rhubarb sauce and he loved it.  So I grow it, and harvest stems when they get big, and he makes a delicious rhubarb sauce (kinda like apple sauce) and has it as dessert.  
Posted on March 26, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Last year at the beginning of summer, Karen was getting ready to plant her garden, and the oregano and thyme had taken over one whole end.  She called me and offered some great herbs, if I wanted them.
I dug out a huge clump of oregano, and started to dig the thyme.  It smelled lemony.  She laughed and told me she didn’t remember planting lemon thyme.  I took two small clumps of it!!!  So now I have thyme AND lemon thyme.
It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the clumps have grown to about 10 inches across, and are the most gorgeous green.  The time to harvest it, to get the best flavor, is just before it blooms.  So I’ll be watching it for flower buds.
Posted on March 25, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
While I was taking pix of the kale yesterday, I saw this Black Swallowtail butterfly.  It was moving slowly, not flying, but kind of staggering.  It was really fresh looking, not old and raggedy, like they sometimes get.
We have raised Black Swallowtails before, and when they emerge it takes about 15 minutes for their wings to fill out and dry.
So I figure that it lived its life as a caterpillar in my parsley and carrots last summer, cocooned over the winter nearby, and emerged as an adult just before I saw it.  
I love my garden;  always something fun to see.
Posted on March 24, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
I thought you might like to see that I planted new kale alongside the old kale.  They all grew from seeds, but the tall ones in the back of the picture have been in the ground since March, 2023.  The ones in the foreground were started in February this year, and just got put into the garden yesterday.
I thought the new ones might like something to inspire them.  Anyway, the garden is getting planted, bit by bit.
Posted on March 23, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
We planted several Redbud trees the first year we lived here.  One year in the spring I noticed a few Redbud seedlings growing across the driveway.  I took out some, and saved this one just opposite the original one.  
Now we have two Redbud trees on either side of our driveway.  The other one is bigger, but this one was FREE!!!!
Posted on March 22, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Categories: A story to share
I know I’ve shown you this before, a few times, but today is another special day:  this is blog number 1500 for me.
I have used some pictures more than once, but each article is freshly written, with you in mind.  
Thanks again, Mark, for my cool sign;  and thank you to all my faithful readers.
Posted on March 21, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
Look what’s happening with last year’s kale.  The plants are sending up bloom spikes.  See that cluster in the middle?  Looks like broccoli, tastes like broccoli, and if left alone long enough those flower clusters will bloom, then make seeds for next year’s kale.  
Actually, there is enough to eat some, and still save some for seeds.  
Posted on March 20, 2024 8:00 AM by Gerry Trout
It is finally Spring and I thought you might like to see my beautiful Forsythia.  
I stuck a few twigs in a pot about 5 years ago, and left the pot under the kitchen window.  It has been growing there ever since.  The roots have grown deep into the ground, and there’s no way to move it now.  Wouldn’t want to anyway;  we can see the gorgeous blossoms out the window. 
And being so close to the house, the deer leave it alone.  Win/win for us.