Every single spring it happens without fail. The itch to be a gardener takes root in me and plants get purchased. Soil gets lugged home. The ground is broken, plants thrive til they can’t take it anymore. The little herb garden I started in the front looks pretty pathetic even after my planting because of those awful little dusty-wormy things that fall from the oak trees! A little time with the leaf blower (and a face mask) will be in order this weekend!

But focus on my pretties in the meantime!

Length view:

Weaverville, NC catnip. I dug up a clump of this last year when we were in Weaverville (an exact year ago! We are going back one weekend soon for a repeat of the trip, woo!). I expect it to thrive and take over a good chunk of the garden, which is why I gave it plenty of room to grow. It doesn’t look like it from the above photo, but that’s just because of the angle.

Nearby is this adorable and delicious smelling chocolate mint plant from Seven Oaks Plant Shop. Since mint is closely related to catnip and can be known to grow wild, I gave it ample space to do so. Unpictured for some reasonĀ  but not too close nearby is a spearmint plant that’s already got a little offshoot growing out!

Finally moving away from the mint family, we’ve got two types of basil, both from Seven Oaks as well. One attracted me because of the name. Perpetual pesto? Okay! I look forward to it providing me with tons of fragrant basil leaves. The other is just your run of the mill sweet basil.

The plants from bottom to top in the first photo are: sweet potato vine, lemongrass, the spearmint and chocolate mint, the perpetual pesto basil, sweet basil, and barely visible in the photo is a small rosemary bush.

You may notice blackness peeking out, and that is the weed blocking fabric that I am using to keep the pesky weeds from messing up the eventual beauty of this little space! On the docket for finishing up the area are:

  1. Leaf blow the junk out.
  2. Add a few more plants: More basil, some other stuff that’ll endure cold so that the area won’t be bare when winter rolls back around.
  3. Put weed blocking fabric down as I go.
  4. Cover weed blocking fabric with soil to anchor, consider mulch. Mulch would be darker to match the soil.
  5. Take the loose bricks and figure out how to cut them in half to finish off the ends, place them on the ends.

Can anyone ID this plant for me? It’s growing out of our compost area!I think it’s some sort of pumpkin or winter squash but am not 100%. It’s really thriving, and the plan is to just leave it there and see what happens! If it is a winter squash I feel sure it’ll wither away when it gets scorching.

Close up:

Far out view of the compost area.

Nothing fancy. Every time we have a bowl full of scraps, eggshells or coffee grounds, a hole gets dug, the stuff goes in dead leaves get scooped in, and it gets covered up. I keep dead leaves to the side to add brown to the pile otherwise it would be a huge pile of decomposing food in dirt. There’s a ton of great “black gold” down there that even attracted earthworms! I highly, highly recommend composting even if you hate gardening just because it cuts down your trash output by more than you’d think. The more I keep talking about it, the more I figure a whole post on composting is probably going to need to happen.

And for fun, a photo of the rose bush that’s near the compost pile that is doing superbly without us even touching it at all. Yes, it smells as delicately fragrant and amazing and you’d imagine it would.