I Love Lavender…

Last year I followed Bunty’s suggestion for growing cuttings of lavender and rosemary. The rosemary was a fail, but I got two out of 10 lavender cuttings to grow and I’m just amazed at this plant…

lavender 1Last week I took cuttings again and placed them in a pot as Bunty suggests…

lavender 2I’ve got a couple of different kinds in here.  Maybe, just maybe I will be able to start a lavender farm after all. 😉

Here is Bunty’s blog and her video, if any one is interested in trying this.  I have to tell you that I have never been able to grow lavender before, so this is a real miracle for me. If it worked for me, I know you can do it.

Lavender 3

Cuttings of Rosemary and Lavender

My project this morning was to take cuttings of Rosemary and Lavender and grow them in this fantastic terra cotta pot.

I learned this nifty way of multiplying plants from the Bunty video on my first blog post about Lavender…

This is why this pot is so fantastically unique…

Because it is literally falling apart! But I love it!

I planted half of the pot with Rosemary cuttings…

And half with Lavender cuttings…

Speaking of literally falling apart…look at what my son was going to haul off to the trash, but instead I am reclaiming it for my new garden workbench…

I know this is hard to imagine, especially with this…

But my idea is to pull this metal off and sand down the gorgeous old wood and cut a hole for the terra cotta sink and I’m on my way to my dream…fixing my Problem. : )

Take a look at what someone did with this old table…I’m really not crazy…


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Seeds

My seeds came in the mail, and I am so excited about planting them for the fall…

But…the next 10 days are showing temperatures of over 100 degrees, and no rain in sight, so how are my little seedlings going to do in that extreme heat and dryness? Well, I’m going to try, otherwise this fall gardening thing will fail.

I planted seeds of Little Fingers Eggplant and Bennings Green Tint Scallop Squash, small squashes that will be mature in September. That should work.

I also planted dwarf Bok Choy, spinach and radishes. So, we’ll see how they do…I’ll have to diligently water at least twice a day.

I’m sure you are all curious as to how the asparagus project is coming along. This morning I rewatered the patch and weeded quite a bit more…with Anna and Tera’s help at different times, it is about 2/3rds weeded now. My advice is NEVER…EVER…EVER…let the weeds take over your asparagus bed! Especially Bermuda grass…it is very difficult to pull out!!!

Found this wonderful video about asparagus by our dear Bunty… She has great advice!

Tomorrow, hopefully I’ll have a picture of a beautiful asparagus bed. : )

Parsley

This is the way lavender should look …a picture of my mom’s lavender that Sage took…the lavender is gorgeous and Sage’s photography is obviously phenomenal.

Today, after watching Bunty’s Blog on Parsley … (Isn’t she wonderful, and don’t you love her accent?), I gained a whole new appreciation for parsley. We have been blessed with an abundance of parsley this year and I have been amazed that it continues to thrive in the HOT greenhouse with no fans running.

You can see what a mess this is. I cleaned it up…picked out all the dried parsley and the weeds and the bermuda grass that was trailing everywhere. I also thinned it a little more where it was too thick. All this time I have been thinking it is going to die any day, but what Bunty said is that it should live on through the summer and even into the winter. We love tabouli around here…

Perhaps, a new Penarious Challenge…parsley please???

Lavender …

I’ve started this blog to share  the lessons I’m learning in the garden. This year I planted lots of lavender. I love lavender.

I would say about 2/3rds of my plants lived, I pulled the dead ones out. I don’t why they died.

This wonderful video is about my favorite herbs… Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Bay and Lavender at Bunty’s Blog   She shows how to take cuttings from rosemary and lavender and start them in pots.  Now I know how to start new plants and grow amazing fields of lavender. I’m dreaming…but I am going to try her method!

So here is what my lavender looks like today…

I think the flowers are already drying up, but I have a couple plants that have flowers on them over in the vegetable garden. I’m excited to see if I can grow lots of lavender from cuttings for next year.