Saturday, June 4, 2011

Mama Bean is KinderGARDENing (5)

These weeks of KinderGARDENing are just jetting by, and I feel like we've barely started any real gardening! The sun has only just started to show up - here's the babies practicing good sun safety with their hats :) At least today I put my soy beans into the ground, andandAND we have cabbage and lettuce sprouts :D My staff member told me to put salt and pepper on my cabbages (when they're more than sprouts, obvs) to keep the caterpillars/worms away. Does anyone know if this works?

It's not that we haven't been busy! Here's a little collage of yard changes - our compost bins are now against the back fence, flanked by rhubarb plants that have already been harvested for some fresh rhubarb platz earlier this week. And where the bins used to be we laid down some sidewalk blocks for a little BBQ patio. Except we didn't properly level the ground under the blocks, so we may have to redo it, if rain during the summer makes it obvious the blocks will be undermined and liable to crack over winter :( But it is a much tidier little corner now without the compost bins right against the house. We have a trio of herbs potted - summer savoury, chocolate mint, and cilantro. Will the mint come back if I leave it in the pot? What about the other two - are they perennial? I know I could just google it... Those purple flowers are planted en masse at Bean's playground, they smell delicious. It's a bulb, but I don't know what they're called - anyone recognize them? They seem to bloom a long time, I'll have to see if I can find some at a greenhouse to plant at home. Wonder if they spread... I was so excited to see my hens'n'chickens had developed all these little balls between the leaves, I thought they were going to turn into new chickens. But PB discovered (with google, of course) that they are seed pods, which should be removed if you want the hens to keep growing (i.e. not send their resources into seed making just yet) so we brushed them off, but not before snapping some pics.

Clearly there is no gardening happening in this picture. We went to a massive neighbourhood garage sale, and I wanted to show our haul. I could wax on about the importance of reusing and recycling, and how important it is to the environment, and our desire to raise our children with proper attitudes towards the lifetimes of usefulness in consumer goods... but mostly we like a good deal! (Kids are expensive, spread the word!) PB is especially happy with Sprout's little chair thingy, and Bean very much enjoyed his new kitchen and Tonka truck.

Check out Kim's place to see what all the other KinderGARDENers are up to!
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  1. I love your I read, I hear you talking in my head. Oh, that sounds weird...anyhoo, I always have a good chuckle. I believe the mint is a perennial. We have had some the last 2yrs, but I haven't seen any "green" yet...hmph.

  2. I agree with Kindra - love your writing voice and your sense of humor! :)

    The mint is a perennial and should come back, but if it's like ours, it will quickly outgrow its pot and won't do well unless you transplant it and give it some more space. I've never grown the other two, so I can't help you there.

    The bulb flowers look like grape hyacinths. Aren't they the cutest, prettiest little things? Ours have been spreading on their own, albeit very slowly.

    i always thought the little balls were baby chicks, too! bummer.

  3. Congratulations on the good garage sale finds! Garage sale-ing is so much fun!

    Mint will come back, but Kirsten's right, it will outgrow its container. If you choose to plant it in the ground, just be sure it's in a spot where you really like it, because it will spread like wildfire. Having said that, I really like mint, because it makes me feel like a successful gardener. :)

    I love the grape hyacinths! My grandma always grew these, and I have a few plants that I grew from her bulbs. They do have a great smell.

  4. You write lovely posts! I have never smelled our grape hyacinths, how crazy is that???? I've been worrying about our potted herbs too, as I hate to let anything die that we could save. I have a feeling I'll have about 20 pots overwintering in my windows!

  5. Well, in a previous post you mentioned your short growing season... if it gets horribly cold during your winter, the mint may not survive in a pot. Here perennials must be in the ground to overwinter, in pots they just freeze way too hard.

    Your hen and chicks are so pretty. I just got some from our neighbor. So excited!

  6. I will try the salt and pepper on the cabbages if you will--then we can compare results! I'm thinking it will have to be renewed regularly since watering will wash salt and probably pepper away, but cabbage moths are heavy around here and I detest the little green wormys!

    The grape hyacinth does smell great and it is a bulb which will multiply, you can separate it in the fall and transplant them if you like.

    If the pots of mint don't stay so wet they mold then I would guess YES they will come back the next year. Mints are really hearty. You may even bring them inside and they may stay alive most of the winter. That would be a good experiment.
    Cilantro is notorious for going to seed quickly when it gets warm, so no, it will die, but reseed itself with no problems--(think weed.)

    Looks like you're having fun!