Thank you for all the wonderful suggestions, some I had thought of but
others were new ideas. This group is so great!
In my searching, I found this web page which has likely been posted here
before but I'll post it again. This particular page at the site is
specifically about sun herbs.
Millennium Farms opened their greenhouse yesterday so I made my first trip
there the first day. I limited myself to one berry flat of plants because
I tend to go a bit overboard on the first trip. The limit was because the
garden isn't rototilled yet.
Pink Top Agastache (for the butterflies and hummingbirds as well as bees)
Dukat Dill (should be pretty as well as good for the bees, and later birds)
French Tarragon (which I'll put in my herb garden and starts slips to
English Thyme (which I'll put in my herb garden and starts slips to
Sweet Woodruff (got two of those on recommendation though tag says
part-shade so will put only one out there)
Lavendar Blue Star
Pennyroyal (bought three but will put only one out there and see how it
does in full sun)
And one Sun Gold tomato plant just because I had to buy at least one
I wish it was in a location that wouldn't be accessible to passing male
dogs! There are many things I would love to plant there. In 2002, I put
a lot of my "mystery" tomato plants out there and had neighborhood
children adopt them. I put signs with the child's name on the ones that
belonged to someone with the others having a sign that said they were for
everyone to pick. They were very popular. The children were, of course,
cautioned to take the tomatoes home to wash them before they ate them,
and, surprisingly, they did! Cool. The following year, the chickens had
cleaned out the seeds in the garden so there were very few volunteers to
plant elsewhere so I didn't do it last year.
Unfortunately, Millennium's creeping thyme wasn't yet ready. I have a
Spicy Oregano plant that I think I'll move out there as I rarely use it,
always cutting from the others first. Katra, what is Dittany of Crete?
LOL. I'm trying to discourage cats coming around though I'd love to plant
some other than in the pot in the tree.
Thank you, Julie. I have some Lemon Balm from last year that has done
very well (bordered by a bottomless pot) that could use some dividing.
I'll put several starts from it out there. It's so especially pleasant
smelling which is exactly what I want.
Thank you, Dianna. The Lemon Balm from last year has done well in nearly
full sun so I'll try that. I'll definitely consider the artemesias, such
a good idea. A dill plant is going out there; will it cross with the
Anise or is that completely unrelated? (I've been told to keep dill and
Thank you, Henriette. There are a lot of really good suggestions there,
many of which I will incorporate. I have California poppies left over
from when I had wildflowers on part of it the first year I was here,
including some really lovely cream colored ones. They really are pretty
even though an annoyance where they're not wanted.
It sounds like thyme (and oregano) are going to be the backbone of the
strip. I have several different ones in my herb garden now and will
definitely try to make starts from what I have.
Wooly Thyme wasn't ready yet either. :-(
With all the suggestions about these, I'm seriously thinking of expanding
those to the parking strip next year if this works out. It would sure
reduce the mowing!
I'd love to grow asparagus there, it would certainly be a good location
with extra fertilizer. However, both of the spears that have come through
this year at the corner of my house have been stolen already! That
stinks. One of my favorite childhood memories is collecting asparagus in
the spring from the ditchbanks on my grandparents' farm. The biggest
problem with asparagus in this location would be that it probably
shouldn't be eaten (because of the dogs), and people would pick it and eat
it. Ick. I already do have berries on the inside that I let grow through
for the children to pick, though the bushes on the outside would be good
but then I'd need to water which is what I want to avoid.
The chives are a wonderful idea! I love to see them bloom. Since I have
plenty in the herb garden, these can bloom away and spread to their
hearts' content. :-)
I was concerned Rosemary would get too high, but someone else suggested
prostrate Rosemary so I'll try that. In the meantime, I might make some
starts and plant the taller varieties and move it to another area as it
gets larger in another couple of years. I've long considered a Rosemary
and Lavender hedge along the fish pond; this would be a good way to start
it until the arborvitae is completely out of that location.
I'd love to be able to sow Thyme seeds out there but I tried it last year
beside my storage shed and not a single plant from three packages of
seeds! (All came from Shumway so I'm not sure if it was me, the location
or possibly bad seeds.) It doesn't seem like I have even a slightly green
thumb. It only goes to verify what I say about my garden . . . it grows
in spite of me, not because of me.
Thank you, again, everyone, for all the wonderful ideas!
firstname.lastname@example.org (Glenna Rose) wrote in message
Given that asparagus is out, and raspberry is probably taking too much
space, you could still consider sorrel and horseradish. Both are very
aggressive weeds, even though they don't blanket the ground. Right now
(Zone 5.5) I am enjoying the abundant, early production of sorrel
leaves (making lots of sorrel soup), which at the end of the winter is
just perfect for a tired body. And it takes absolutely no work except
cutting the leaves. Sorrel also goes well in many summer soups, like
tomato-corn or ratatouille. Horseradish, of course, you have to like
it to plant it, but young leaves less than three inches are a good
salad green (mild tasting, just a hint of hot). They will be up in 15
Fair warning - sage can grow into quite a large bush with some
very strong and widely spread roots. DAMHIKT :-).
Just a thought. After suggesting the thyme, I remembered
thrift, which has been described as "chives without the smell".
Since you already have enough chives, that's a similar
alternative. And it comes in dwarf as well as ordinary.
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