juliet: (waveform tree)

Mirrored from Twisting Vines.

I meant to post this last month, when it was a little more exciting. But still. Here is some of the spring growth in these parts:

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Blueberry blossom

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Grape vine shoots

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Daubenton’s Kale florets (with lots of bits chopped off where we’ve already eaten the bigger florets).

juliet: (waveform tree)

Mirrored from Twisting Vines.

If I intervene with horrified shrieking when Leon plays with dirt and hoicks things up now, he is less likely to be positive about the garden later on, at an age when he can learn the difference between ‘weed’ and ‘not-weed’. It is therefore worth sitting on my hands as dirt and plants go everywhere. (The volunteer broccoli raab from the satsuma tree pot may survive; the rocket certainly won’t but there is plenty of rocket.)

Leon pulling a handful of dirt from a large pot

Scattering dirt is fun!

A corollary: any potentially vulnerable plants that I really seriously care about are going to need some form of defence. I’m thinking in particular of my carefully-nursed autumn olive seedling, the sole survivor from a handful of seeds I stratified last winter and planted out in the spring, currently overwintering on the windowsill.

It was a lovely afternoon to be out in the garden, though. I planted peas by the fence, and Leon ate moss and dirt and threw soil around by the handful. Happy times.

juliet: Pot of chives on the decking (at Webster Road flat) (chives)
Has anyone got a mint plant that they'd be prepared to dig a bit of root up from to stick in the post to me? (Well: root & some leaf, ideally. Since mint grows like a sodding weed this shouldn't be a great loss to you :) ). In a bubble-wrap envelope with some card around it & damp kitchenroll in clingfilm over the root bit it ought to survive the post.

While I'm at it: similar donations of pennyroyal, sage, tansy, or tarragon would also be appreciated.

Happy to offer cuttings or seeds in exchange: rosemary, lavender, oregano, and thyme are all going well on the balcony; I have lots of rocket seeds & some garlic chive seeds; and a couple of aloe vera offshoots could do with a home. (NB exchange not required! Let me know if you'd like cuttings/seeds anyway :) )

And a free link for you! a herbalism zine from the London Anarchafeminism Kolektiv.

A request

Jan. 2nd, 2008 01:45 pm
juliet: Tiny baby shoot of rhubarb (baby rhubarb!)
If anyone is chucking out anything that looks remotely like a container you could put compost in & grow plants in, please let me know - I am seeking more containers for the balcony & would rather reuse/recycle than buy.

Things I am already intending to use: elderly metal roasting tin (good for things that don't have lots of roots), plastic tubs that I think used to hold some variety of pigment (thank you freecycle!), ice-cream boxes. Anything that you can drill holes in (for drainage) and won't rot. (The roasting tin may in due course rust but I'll worry about that as & when.)

A request

Jan. 2nd, 2008 01:45 pm
juliet: Tiny baby shoot of rhubarb (baby rhubarb!)
If anyone is chucking out anything that looks remotely like a container you could put compost in & grow plants in, please let me know - I am seeking more containers for the balcony & would rather reuse/recycle than buy.

Things I am already intending to use: elderly metal roasting tin (good for things that don't have lots of roots), plastic tubs that I think used to hold some variety of pigment (thank you freecycle!), ice-cream boxes. Anything that you can drill holes in (for drainage) and won't rot. (The roasting tin may in due course rust but I'll worry about that as & when.)

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