We grow tomatoes and herbs, but mostly we just stick to flowers and all kinds of plants. We have a tropical garden and a cactus garden.
ETA: Oh! I agree on the citrus trees! Our neighbor has a lime and lemon and lets us have all we want. A guy I work with has an orange tree and a tangerine (plus some rosemary bushes) and he brings those in for me year round.
This message has been edited by AnnyBoo on Mar 8, 2012 3:10 PM
I bought 18 tomato plants last Sunday and will put them in the ground Friday. They are 6 each of some variety of roma, grape tomato, and the 'ol standby; "Early Girl". Last year I harvested enough basil to freeze about 10 pounds of homemade pesto.
I'm going to do that again this year. Harvesting the basil and turning it into pesto is a several-hours activity, but it makes the whole house smell like basil, and I get little frozen bundles of springtime that last throughout the year.
A few random peppers and whatever else catches my eye will also be put in, along with the standby herbs; oregano and thyme. Some rosemary bushes may also be planted if I get super-motivated.
It's hot here; the frost-free date has already passed. My basil died in October last year, but I got the 10 pounds of pesto from a single harvest in August. I think it came from about 9 "sweet basil" plants in total.
I agree, gardening more than an hour or two per week quickly turns into drudgery. I'm stuck though.... I have friends and family requesting more pesto and some of them are volunteering to contribute labor just for the chance to get some. I'll post a recipe if anyone is interested.
This message has been edited by Funkenstien on Mar 8, 2012 3:34 PM
This will be one of my last summers with the garden I have now so I wont be doing a whole lot. If anything I need to divide my lilies, hosta, bleeding heart, lucifer, and globe thistle (anyone want any?). Ill plant some zinnia to fill in any holes. I usually like to do something different with my planters every year. I havent figured out what Ill do this year. B gives me money for Mothers Day to go wild at the nursery so I have some time to think about it.
Ive never grown my own food yet and depending on what kind of land we have when were out of the current house its something Im definitely considering. Be prepared for a hundred questions from me when that time rolls around.
Before I moved, I had plenty of lillies, hostas, zinnias, sunflowers, trillium, and even a few trained roses that would actually get sidewalk admirers. Unfortunately, I had to leave most of it, because I was in a totally different climate zone. My long-term address is still somewhat uncertain, so I've tried to keep things pared down to mostly food-based crops with a few low-maintenance perennial and annual ornamentals.
I've gotten better every year at starting my vegetables from seed. This year, I have about ten different varieties each of tomatoes, eggplants and hot peppers and am looking forward to hosting my annual seedling exchange in April. That's when my gardening friends and I trade for different varieties and give away the surplus to the plantless.
My garden gets over-run with free range wild arugula and garlic, so I make a lot more arugula-walnut pesto than basil. I love basil and obsessively collect every variety, but the growing season here is too short for serious production. I've also been hoarding different varieties of thyme; there are probably eight varieties in the garden if you don't count ground covers.
Arugula-Walnut pesto guideline (measuring ingredients is for the weak):
basket of sylvetta (wild) arugula
a bunch of shelled walnuts
organic lemon zest
crushed red pepper
a few sprigs of lemon thyme, woodsy parts removed
glug of olive oil
Throw in food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Scoop out a cup and pulverize with a mortar and pestle. Add back in.
Parmesan seems off-balance in this pesto.
I grew a whole bunch of stuff in pots last year. My peppers and green onions did really well, tomatoes and cucumbers were okay, and squash, zucchini, and broccoli were booming like crazy until they got eaten by army worms seemingly overnight. Watermelon did great until they got to be about fist size and then they died. Tomorrow, Nathan's buddy is bringing his tiller over and they're going to make me a real garden in the ground! Hopefully I can apply everything I learned to do (and not do) and have a kickass garden this year. Can't wait!
"I don't really know, but I suspect the addition of nuts." - Squid