What Does My Garden Grow?

May 21, 2007 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I finally managed to get my flowers and vegetables planted over the weekend. I wish I knew more about flower gardens. I happen to like marigolds and many of the other drug store parking lot classics, but I know there is so much more out there. Does SCC offer a quick-and-dirty flower garden course?

I’m a little more confident in my vegetable garden—but just a little. This year I put in:

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 4 bell peppers
  • 4 Italian grilling peppers
  • 1 super chile
  • 3 cayennes
  • 3 jalapenos
  • 1 habanero
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 2 cucumbers

I’m hungry already. I don’t know why I put in an habanero again. The last time I had habaneros I nearly killed Mr. T with one. Maybe I’ll use them as ornamentals. By the way, I have room for two more plants (one in sunny, dry, fine soil and one in partly shady, heavy clay soil) so if you have some suggestions, fire away.

The sage bush I planted two years ago is big and beautiful right now with its pretty purple flowers. I’m not the only one who likes it; the sage has its own bumble bee pal who hangs around all day, every day. The bee and I got to know each other pretty well yesterday since we worked so close to each other for a couple hours. In addition to the sage, I have a thriving basil plant, some struggling rosemary, and a ton of cilantro.

Next project: building a small retaining wall and bringing in several cubic yards of dirt. After that: install a picket fence. It’s going to be a busy summer.

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beerorkid May 21, 2007 at 1:55pm

we did our front yard up with flowers / plants from urban trails gardens, which is 1/2 a block from my house, this weekend.  They have some rather unique stuff.  We got some nifty types of basil and some other herbs.  We have a huge Basil plant that gets used a ton in the house, gotta try something different.

Your garden sounds awesome though.  That a lot of peppers.

LincolnGardener May 21, 2007 at 6:30pm

You need only add a cilantro to make totally homegrown, homemade salsa later this summer!

I appreciate the Urban Trails link. I hadn’t heard of them and can’t wait to check them out. (Although the last thing I need is more plants!)

Mr. Wilson May 21, 2007 at 6:34pm

I think you missed the part where I said “I have… a ton of cilantro”. I started with one plant two years ago. Last year I had five. This year I lost count.

LincolnGardener May 21, 2007 at 6:35pm

oops. You have “a ton” of cilantro already. In that case, I second the basil suggestion. Pesto!

Mrs. CU May 21, 2007 at 7:09pm

How about some green beans.  They are great when fresh out of the garden.  Contender is our favorite.

Gene May 21, 2007 at 8:58pm

I’m not sure about the gardening class, but the Lancaster county extension office has a ton of information with master gardeners willing to help most mornings.

Mr. T May 22, 2007 at 2:40am

I’d suggest more basil as well. You can never go wrong with more fresh basil.

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