Basics for the garden

Herb garden
Herbs

I just got these plants at the farmer’s market last weekend and will plant them soon. These are some basics that come in handy for cooking. They are all super easy to grow. I plant them in a little patch of dirt by my back door.

Fron Left to right: Basil, parsley, cilantro, rosemary, and Lavender. We don’t eat the lavender but I like the way it looks and smells. I also grow a variety of peppers, some cucumbers, and tomatoes and There is rhubarb in the backyard and it gets used for pies and cake.

I freeze parsley at the end of the season and if I have enough basil I make pesto before the first freeze. The rosemary gets dried and used in the winter and so does the lavender. I used to grow dill but it tends to spread all over the place. Mint is also an invasive species. I have chamomile that reseeds itself.

Herbs can be grown in pots but I have plenty of space in the garden. Basil is an easy plant to grow from seeds which is a nice way to grow a larger crop.

If you are new to gardening or a new homeowner or both try these easy to grow garden herbs. I am always amazed at how much food I can grow on my postage stamp sized city lot.

Epic, historic April snow storm

Snow in April isn’t unusual but a snowstorm that lasts a couple of days and dumps more than a foot of snow on the Twin Cities is unusual. Most of us spent yesterday shoveling out and it snowed all day. There is more snow on the way this week too, another few inches on Wednesday.

Total of 14.9 inches measured at the MSP airport and 18 inches of snow fell in St. Paul.

Clearing the steps April 15th
Saturday afternoon April 14th
Saturday afternoon April 14th

 

The first full day of spring

Spring began yesterday during a snowstorm but today is the first full day of spring. I thought I would post some pictures of what we will see starting in a few weeks after we stop seeing snow. The earliest wildflowers bloom before there are leaves on the trees. There isn’t much I enjoy more than walking in the woods in the spring to hunt for wildflowers.

Happy Spring.

Shoveling the walk isn’t enough

I thought I would just start the work with a public service message. The fire hydrants are buried in the snow.  That makes it hard for our local firefighters to hook up a hose quickly.  They need our help.  Grab your shovel and clear the snow around the fire hydrant on your block.

It is going to be warm and sunny today, above freezing even. 🙂