The sweet peas went in the ground around May 1. Due to our late winter it is the latest I have ever gotten the sweet pea seedlings in the ground. Normally they go in around mid-March. Sweet peas (like snap peas) do not like the extreme heat so they really should be in full swing growing by mid-May to get to full flowering before the high heat of summer arrives. Let’s cross our fingers!
We sowed lots of Zinnias, Ammi majus, Verbena bonariensis and Snapdragons for cut flowers as well as Pink Swiss Chard which will complement the cut flower beds aesthetically and can be harvested for food. In a small homestead I think food should be for beauty as much as function.
Here are 72 Kale seedlings potted on by our high school intern Jacky a couple weeks ago. They are ready to be planted throughout the perennial borders next week to fill in gaps in planting as well as to provide a copious bounty of kale, that superfood we just can’t get enough of.
Rather than having a dedicated herb bed we intermix our herbs in all the perennial beds. It’s just yet another way to get you walking throughout your garden on a regular basis, observing your plants and the environment around you, seeing those small details you might otherwise miss.
Looks at how great this culinary sage, that overwintered from last year, looks in the flower bed now. These flowers will be a fun garnish on everything from pasta to chicken to a martini!