My Spring Project Start-Up is completed & planted with herbs. The Rainbow Planter is a bottomless base made from old shelf boards with two panels from my Rainbow Window attached to one corner. I put it in the corner of the yard where the blackberries grow to massive heights — they will take over the yard if not tamed. I’ve already found a young sprout reaching up from inside the planter that had to go.
The blackberries have certainly recovered well from the massive damage from heavy snow this past winter. Although I water the rest of the garden in bare feet, I don’t dare go out to that corner sans shoes. Too many times I’ve been surprised by tiny branches of blackberries snaking their way through the grass — man, those thorns hurt! And a teeny barb can get imbedded in your foot if you step on it — oh **!!**!
In the Rainbow Planter, I planted a tomato in the centre with peppermint [helps keep away spiders] at the two side corners & basil in the front. The peppermint does like to spread so I’ll have to keep an eye on it — I’m hoping it’ll also spread out underneath to appear outside the planter.
I planted some lavender in the Oceans Wave Planter for experimenting with infusing for a peppermint & lavender household spray. To go along with the basil for cooking, I have a little thyme that survived the winter, chives, & parsley. Still have a few planters to fill so, this week … maybe, strawberries & cilantro?
The spring garden is starting to fill up with more colour & I always love this time of year as a gardener. There is the excitement of seeing new growth appearing on old friends & the deep satisfaction of getting your hands in the dirt to plant new friends. Even though they’re considered an ‘invasive species’, I love it when the Scotch Broom blooms. A couple branches provided roasting sticks for the fire & their left-over flowers filled my vase for a couple days.