This- was the sun herb bed in the before times.
Besides the weeds surrounding it, it was flush with weeds inside it.
It was a mess.
One interesting fellow had returned- the immortal apple mint.
This is a plant I put in an old bed 10 years ago- the bed is gone, the mint is not.
Reason number a billion why mint belongs in pots.
Vigorous little guy too!
Alright- we’ll see if you can live nice in a pot as opposed to taking over my sun bed.
Now you may note that the above pictures look a tad old- that’s because they are. I was prepared to do the work on this bed last week, but time got away from me.
But now- finally- I am ready to do some work.
The plan is to replace the berggarten sage with a new one, and add some nice thyme to the bed. I also pruned the heck out of everything.
I moved carefully- as to avoid disturbing the ladybug’s honeymoon.
I was going to rip out the lemongrass- but after giving it a close shave I noticed healthy green stems, so I’m gonna leave it to resprout.
Weeding done, I have to amend the bed.
I could use the loam builder but I am getting sick of that chicken manure smell.
I have an old bag of steer manure though, and I can just use a few good handfuls of that- alpine mediterranean herbs need a lot less food than other plants do- and steer manure doesn’t smell as bad as chicken manure does.
Yeah turns out cow poop smells pretty bad- it just tends to not smell til you open the bag.
Today I learned a thing that everyone knows.
So ta-da? Sage and thyme are planted just in time for another wet weekend.
I’ll mulch after the wet weather passes, Don’t want to give slugs a home in the bark til I’ve laid down some sluggo.
Slowly but surely things are getting done around here- but gosh I miss work.