July 22, 2015

The Herb Garden in Midsummer

It's plain to see that we've had too much rain this year. Most of the plants in my container herb garden are yellow-green instead of the deep green that means healthy plants.


And now the heat of summer is adding even more stress. I've been worried that I might lose the feverfew and peppermint plants. I've repotted them both, cut them back, and am hoping for the best. The catnip is struggling, and insects have feasted on its leaves. I've repotted the pineapple mint too, hoping that it would perk up a bit. They were so sad-looking, and they didn't want their pictures taken.


 
A lot of the plants are going to seed too. This pot holds what I affectionately call the twin towers of basil; the leaves are insect-bitten and yellow-green, and right after I took this photo I pinched the flower buds off the tip of both plants.
 
 
 The cinnamon basil also has flowers (below)...



...and so does the lemon balm.



Someday I want a lemon garden where I'll grow lemon balm, lemon basil, lemon cucumbers and so on. I'd also plant some flowers with "lemon" in their names like lemon zinnia. Can you imagine how pretty it would be and how good it would smell?



The thyme looks great though. It's in a more protected place; it doesn't have as much exposure to rain. Perhaps thyme likes more water, too.


Above the pot of thyme are 3 small pots with oregano, a struggling lemon balm plant on the right that the dogs knocked over, and the one surviving chive plant that I started from seed this spring. You can see that the dogs liked this pot too; they've knocked it over, pulled it down and chewed on the plastic. Only one of the three chive plants is still alive.



The calendula and marigold flowers are cheerful in the midst of green.

There are two pots that contain chocolate mint, one with peppermint, a pineapple mint, two lemon balm, and the sorry-looking catnip. Do you see a theme? I really like mint.

At this time of year, the hottest part of the summer, the plants are sort of hibernating, waiting until the cooler fall temperatures when they'll be more comfortable. Actually, that's what I'm doing too!

Related post:
The Herb Garden, Year Two




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27 comments:

  1. We are having a lot of problems with our plants this year also. Mostly we are fighting bugs. They are out of control this year for some reason.

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  2. I'm sorry to hear that you're fighting an infestation too, Michelle. All I can think of is that it's because of the rain.

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  3. I don't blame you. The afternoons are unbearably hot now days. Stay cool and enjoy your herbs.

    Fern

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  4. You too, Fern - don't overdo it out there.

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  5. I would love to have a dedicated herb garden. It is still on the list...
    Your herbs look lovely :)

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  6. Sandra, I hope someday you'll be able to check that off your list. Mine are in containers because a dedicated in-ground herb garden just isn't happening yet.

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  7. The scent of lemon is like a little piece of heaven. The weather has been crazy this year and my herbs are finally doing good. Course the temperatures are in high gear now so this could change as we head into August. Mulching has helped and I find having the herbs directly in the ground works better for me. Hope you get your lemon bed.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

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  8. My garden hand tools look about like your little chive pot. Luckily, we think he's outgrown that phase, but he (the trusty k9 companion) has us well trained to set them up high:)

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  9. Every year we have to replace the hose nozzle because the dogs have chewed up the old one. We stood in front of the rack the other day and hubby asked "which one do you want?" I said "the metal one so they can't chew it up!"

    I'm glad you trusty guy has outgrown that phase. :-)

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  10. I love the idea of a lemon garden, I bet it would smell so lovely! My garden has not held up well in this weather either. The weeds are doing well though.

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  11. Wouldn't it smell delicious? Yes, my weeds and grass are growing like crazy too.

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  12. My lemon bed has a Meyer lemon tree which overwinters in the house, lemon grass, some of which is wintered inside, lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemon thyme, lemon verbena, and some years lemon cucumbers. Other possibilities are lemon squash, lemon basil, and a hybrid lemon tomato as well as a something called lemon lily and I don't know what else.

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  13. It seems like it's one thing after another this year. Too much rain, too many pests, not enough sun. Even my potted herbs are unhappy. Summer's only half over though. Maybe we'll have a great second half.

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  14. I hope your herbs get to dry out a bit. It's true that they don't like wet feet. Your lemon garden sound splendid! Thanks for sharing your outdoor post on this week's Maple Hill Hop!

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  15. One of God's - yes, that's exactly the sort of lemon garden I wish for! Yours must smell so lovely.

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  16. Robin, here's to a better second half of summer and a gorgeous fall that makes our herbs happy.

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  17. Daisy, yes, my poor herbs were about to drown. Now that it's so hot they're in shock. Hopefully they'll make it through to autumn.

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  18. Just wanted to let you know your post is being featured this week at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home. Stop by on Thursday night!

    Jennifer

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  19. Thank you, Jennifer! I'll be sure to stop by again.

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  20. The lemon garden sounds delightful! I love mint, too, especially in fresh tea. We've been in a bit of a drought and most of my plants have withered up and died by now. I stopped fighting the elements when I just couldn't seem to get enough water on some new plants and they dried up like sagebrush tumbles. Next year I'm going to try some containers, then I can move them around and hopefully get better results. Thanks for sharing at Clever Chicks blog hop.

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  21. Hi Anne. I'm sorry that you've lost most of your plants in the drought. That was my thinking when I started using containers: I can control the soil they're planted in, I can move them from sun to shade etc if needed, and I can bring them indoors for the winter.

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  22. I like mint too and sadly none of my mint made it this year. It's just been a bad growing season for everyone I think. Your Calendula and Basil look great though!

    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday. I hope to see you back this week!

    Lisa

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  23. I'm sorry you lost all of your mint, Lisa. I wish you were nearby; I'd share with you!

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  24. How awesome to be able to grow your favorite herbs so well!

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  25. Thank you, Betty!

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  26. Your herb garden is still looking pretty good, despite the weather, Kathi! It's a shame some areas have had too much rain and others haven't had enough. We've had a really odd 'summer' here in the UK too - it's more like autumn, and very grey many of the days. I like that you've shared the good and the bad in this post - it's encouraging to all of us who garden! Pinned your post. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  27. Thank you for the Pin, April. Yes, our weather has been crazy this summer; I've lost a mint plant and the oregano plant is "iffy" - there might or might not be some green near the bottom...

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