It’s been a while, but today’s Garden Ruminations post about Six on Saturday made me want to post again.
Out with the old, in with the new: I still had some lemon balm tea from last year. It smelled like old leaves, so I dumped it on the compost. And now I’m using the same container to make Kräuterlikör with herbs from my garden: Vodka with rosemary, thyme and oregano. It has to steep for a couple weeks. Then I’ll add tons of sugar to make it really sweet and pour it into smaller bottles. Should make great Christmas gifts.
Another nice harvest from my garden are these violet-colored beans. I sowed them in May or June, I think, and they grew very quickly. It’s a pity that they lose their color and just turn green when you cook them, but they taste lovely!
Speaking of color, I got a bit depressed in July when it was raining and miserable, the spring flowers were long gone and absolutely nothing was flowering in my garden. So I bought a whole bunch of summer perennials and cleared out one of the many wild spots in my garden for them. They’re still looking great and I’ll add some more next year.
Another pretty thing is this morning glory. Here it’s growing on my balcony, but like last year I also planted them around my compost bin and I just love this colourful plant. It’s also great compost when it dies in winter!
Oh, the chilis… I grew so many Black Heart chili seedlings in spring that I got tired of planting them out in my garden and simply left them on the balcony in their tiny 5cm pots. They took it like champs and still made some fruit!
As if that wasn’t bad enough, last month I bought cheap lavender plants that are still waiting to go into my garden… and there are also some other pots on the balcony that I’ve intended to plant out for weeks now. I hope I’m not the only plant hoarder here!