the season so far

the season so far

This has been a very bad year of container gardening in Boston - I don't really know whether the potting soil I got was just not that great (I did my research, though) or whether it just had all the nutrients washed out of it by more than a month of continuous rain. Whatever it was, things are SLOW. I fertilized. I hope it gets better. - In an utterly unsurprising turn of events, some plants are getting fungus infections. - The sprouting rate for nasturtiums has been pathetic. I mean, UTTERLY pathetic. I wonder if it's soil fertility, but OTOH, nasturtium is supposed to thrive in marginal soils. - Do not get me started about basil. Of course, if I were from Mediterranean climes, I'd also be depressed in this weather. On the more positive side, +/- The volunteer tomatoes are doing rather well (they just showed up in my pots; I was not even planning to grow tomatoes). So is volunteer maple. The irony is that I don't particularly care about them. Ditto for Russian Tarragon, actually - it's proved to be useless for cooking (for now, at least - I hear they improve with maturity), but it's doing well. Sigh. + I got a volunteer purslane. I'm actually quite delighted about that - purslane is tasty - and the plant is doing well. Of course, it also does well in cracks in the pavement. + The microgreens project has been successful. Again, things are a bit slow, but if all you want is a tiny leaf that's fine. The planting schedule (plant a row every Sunday) is working well + The rosemary cutting is thriving. So are my veterans - marjoram and lavender. They are tough birds. I mean, plants. On average, though, things have been rather disheartening. I do like seeing all your thriving garden pics, though. Maybe next year.
spring yard pics

spring yard pics

New room plans

New room plans

‘Ello

‘Ello

nice surprise

nice surprise

Attracting Butterflies

Attracting Butterflies

HI GUYS!!!

HI GUYS!!!