It’s time to get serious about what I’m growing, both in my garden and in the many flower beds around the property. It’s fantastic that the previous owners were ambitious in their planting endeavors, but frustrating now because I have no idea what is/is not a weed. Creeping Charlie is an easy one and I’ve pulled up every last vine that I can find. The other stuff…not so much. If you have done a lot of landscaping and decide to move, take the time to provide the new owner the layout of the land. I suppose as a buyer I should have asked, but it was winter, so I’m giving myself a pass.
I just spent some time on Carolee’s site, https://herbalblessingsblog.wordpress.com/. She’s putting me to shame, ha! But it’s absolutely beautiful and and inspiration for future years. And by future, I mean at least five. She’s put in some serious work. So, I’m looking at you, Carolee, when I ask the following questions.
This is the package of seeds that I used, and what’s now growing. The good news is, this stuff is growing like mad. 1 point to Big Red. The bad news is I’m still not sure if it’s edible and if it is, when to harvest. 1 point to the garden. Why don’t the seed packages provide harvest information in addition to planting details?
In one of the flower beds, I have two plants. Pretty sure one is some type of mint (image on the left) and I can use the leaves, but the spines have soft thorns (is that a thing? I’m making it a thing) and it’s somewhat frightening. Neither the spearmint or peppermint images I’ve found seem to have this. Thanks a lot, Google. The second plant (image on the right) is a complete mystery. I don’t think it’s a weed since it was seemingly strategically placed in the bed. But, it’s not exactly aesthetically pleasing. Patience isn’t my greatest virtue; it’s possible this ugly duckling will become a swan in coming months. I’m skeptical. It’s also becoming obvious I’m a novice.