July 7, 2014

In the Herb Garden in July




Two months ago I rounded up all my pots and my herbs and made a container herb garden.  Here's what's happening in the herb garden in July.


Marigolds


I planted some of those pots with seeds - some of the seeds were fresh and some were old - some sprouted and some didn't. I reseeded the empty pots this week and hope that eventually they will all have something growing in them.

Chocolate mint


In other pots, I planted some cuttings from plants I already had. The lemon balm and chocolate mint are doing great. I plan to try some cuttings from my rosemary and lavender plants soon. So far the rosemary plant is doing well.



Several of my plants weren't happy in the full sun site of my herb garden. The advantage of having a container garden is that plants can easily be moved, so the lemon balm, chocolate mint, lavender, and a daisy plant spend the sunny afternoons in an old wheelbarrow under the fruit trees. When I mow the grass, I just move the wheelbarrow. 



However, I'm battling grasshoppers. Where I was hoping for lush green plants, there are holey leaves and bitten-off basil. I asked on my gardening forums for advice on fighting grasshoppers organically and really didn't get any answers other than to let my chickens free-range. We have a terrible coyote problem and I can't let the chickens loose, so that remedy is out. I'm trying some other things, and will be writing about them soon.

Calendula with grasshopper damage


Right behind the plant shelf there's a large spiderweb. My first instinct every day is to swipe it away, but I watched a grasshopper land in the web one morning, to the spider's delight - another form of organic grasshopper control.


Sweet basil

Tiny oregano seedlings

  
Another green basil in the "strawberry pot"


I planted a gourmet blend organic lettuce in tubs near the herb garden, since the garden wasn't ready yet for planting, and I still put the seeds in later than I should have. Since the tubs weren't behind the garden fence, one of the dogs nibbled a few plants. I was disappointed with the small volume of lettuce, but then it began to rain, and rain, and rain some more, and then it got hot, and the lettuce went kind of crazy in the galvanized tubs.


When the lettuce showed signs of wanting to bolt, I harvested the rest of it and we ate it as soon as we could. The tubs are now empty and I'm deciding what to plant in that space next.


There is also a tub of yellow onions planted near the herb garden. Although grasshoppers are attacking the white onions in the garden, so far these are untouched.


Oh, hello there. Grasshoppers aren't the only challenge these seedlings face.


The water spigot is to the left. When I turn it on to fill the goats' and horses' troughs, a hole near the top of the hose sprays water like a sprinkler aimed at the herb garden. I've moved plants so that the ones requiring more water are closer to this "automatic watering system" while the herbs requiring less water are farther away. I might as well take advantage of it.

So, in July this is how the herb garden looks. I was expecting more growth, but the grasshopper invasion is probably partly to blame. I'll update you again next month.


You might also enjoy:
The New Herb Garden
The Herb Garden in June
The Herb Garden in July
The Herb Garden in August
The Herb Garden in Late September
Ten Ways to Use Basil
How to Dry Homegrown Herbs


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14 comments:

  1. We have grasshopper issues as well. Hmmmm, maybe I need more spiders?! ;0)

    Your onions look divine!
    Wishing you the best on your grasshopper patrol!

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  2. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead9:56 PM

    Thank you, Daisy. I'm about to cover all my plants with screens or something! I hope you are able to win your grasshopper battle too!

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  3. I battle deer, so I love to grow herbs as the deer generally leave them alone. You have a nice collection going and will have lots of fresh herbs to use in cooking.

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  4. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead6:42 AM

    Thank you, Beth. I didn't know that deer are more likely to ignore herbs. That makes sense, since I can smell basil as I walk past the garden.

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  5. Nice herbs - love herbs! :) Sorry about the grasshoppers - thankfully, we aren't facing that at the moment, but have our own issues affecting our plants and harvest.... hope you find a solution. :)

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  6. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead9:27 AM

    Thank you - I'm sorry that you are having issues too - I guess we all have a garden issue of some sort, whether it's grasshoppers or drought or too much rain or clay soil or extreme heat!

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  7. Hi. Your Herb Garden looks nice, despite the grasshopper dilemma. I put herbs directly in my garden for the first time as my potted plants never seem to do well. We live in PA where it also gets cold in the winter. I'd love to bring my herbs inside to try and keep them over winter, but I have yet to have anything live very long in our coal-heated house. Do you keep any over winter? Would actually love to get a winter greenhouse to grow stuff all year long!!

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  8. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead12:48 PM

    Pollkat, wouldn't a greenhouse be wonderful?? I have over-wintered several herbs in the house, in pots in my kitchen window which gets morning sun. Lemon balm, mint, and a few others survived the winter, as well as several tomato cuttings in water.

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  9. I'd like to grow a cat in a pot, too. LOL

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  10. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead9:31 PM

    Thank you for the giggle!

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  11. Your herbs look great! My herb garden is doing well this year, although I never got any basil going. Aren't the lemon balm and chocolate mint fun? They're not as "practical", but they're some of my favorites! :) Thanks for linking up at Simple Lives Thursday! :)

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  12. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead10:44 AM

    Yes, Kara, the chocolate mint is just for fun. :-) I love smelling that, the lemon balm and the rosemary. Lemon balm is quite useful though. It's antibacterial and antiviral; here are a few things you can do with it: Using Lemon Balm.

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  13. Your herb garden is marvelous - just love the kitty - too much fun - you can't get mad at them can you :)
    I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

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  14. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead3:38 PM

    It's impossible to get mad at a cute kitten. Thank you for hosting the Home and Garden Thursday.

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