I don’t have much growing outside at the moment. The bulk of my garden is still inside waiting for the weather to get warmer. I’m growing more herbs and flowers than vegetables! Here’s what’s growing inside so far:
Comfry, yarrow, thyme, pennyroyal, arnica, licorice, soapwort, catnip, plantain, wolfberry, pansy, lavender (Sea and Provence Blue), heartsease, wallflower, salvia nemerosa, coreopsis, safflower and red lobelia.
(click to see the plants labelled)
My tomatoes are certainly growing taller. I’m growing Pollock, Principe Borghese and Tomatillos. Of course I’m also growing basil (Emily, Martina and Thai), which I’m planning to keep inside most of the season.
We have the perfect spot and windows to build a greenhouse (thanks, Kim!) but obviously haven’t made the time to get that project going yet this year. I’m doubtful it’s something we’ll be able to complete for use this year, but you never know. We have a number of plans for trips and adventures in the spring, summer and fall so the building of a greenhouse may have to be put on hold until we are less busy later in the year.
I have 1000 year old tobacco growing. Dan Jason from Salt Spring Seeds was gifted preserved seeds from a burial site back in 2003. I’m growing this annual out of interest and for the beautiful broad leaves.
I’m starting my own patch of nettle this year, since I haven’t found a good place to harvest it close to home.
The seeds I was most looking forward to starting are the wild strawberries! I can’t wait to get my own patch established.
My front sun room is bursting with random pots and containers of plants, especially as I continue to repot the growing seedlings. One corner of the sun room houses my bale of potting soil and a tiny table and chairs for working. I love to sit at this tiny table and listen to Lily play the piano on the other side of the window or look out and see the kids play with the ravens and bald eagles circling overhead. From this spot, I can see the huge ships move through the harbour or turn around and see Leify busy building forts with blankets and chairs or drawing portraits, which are his favourite current pastimes. It’s quickly become one of my favourite corners of my home.
How does your garden grow?