I hauled my plants outside today….. or yesterday. Sunday. There were only 4 pots of citronella which have been badly abused by someone, not saying who, who didn’t water them as often as they really needed over the winter. Once they get settled in to the move outside, I’ll probably cut them back. Turns out that citronella can be cut off and stuck in the dirt and it’ll grow like crazy. I plan to put a lot more pots around the patio. I do think they helped keep some of the gnats and mosquitoes down and they’re interesting looking and smell nice.
But, more importantly, the herbs are up and growing like mad. I should have got pictures today (or yesterday) but perhaps tomorrow. The sage is huge as is the oregano, chives, parsley, catnip, maybe the mint but it could be more catnip, thyme and leeks. The leeks might even be big enough to use this spring. Cool, eh? I see leek soup in my future. Oh, and the herb behind the thyme that I can’t remember what it is. The basil doesn’t look like it’s going to come back up and the dill was crap last year. Marjoram? Was that marjoram behind the thyme? Checking google images, yeah, it probably is. The tarragon seems gone, too, but I ended up not liking it anyway.
The upper level – well I never got around to putting it to bed for winter and it’s full of wild carrot and weeds. The tomatoes are not going there this year, it didn’t work out well. So I plan to smother the weeds and…… I don’t know what I’ll throw in there. Marigolds, maybe, since they help keep bugs away and are pretty low maintenance. All this warm weather has me wanting to get things planted.
Tomatoes, etc., are going back into pots this year. It’s easier for me to get to pots though it’s more of a pain to keep them watered. I might do one of those upside down tomato plants again. I need to put in some new hooks, I think, that would get the plants more sun. Then again, the deck seems to have fungus and the hanging plants got the blight when the rain dripped off the upper deck. I’m rambling. I need more pots! More dirt.
Oh, and I need to get some new gloves and pull the thistles that found their way into my marigold pots. Hell, I completely replaced the soil last year to get rid of all the damn weeds in them.