backyard blog

((Hey gang! I’m working on some asks right now but I wanted to announce that me and a couple of friends are in the process of making a new BMC ask blog that is a Peculiar Children Steampunk AU–so based off of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children set in a Steampunk universe. All the kids are “peculiars” and have special powers, and the squip takes care of them all! It’s gonna be really fun °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°


April 12, 2017

Yesterday I planted the herbs I’d picked up the day before - thyme, oregano, sage, and rosemary. I left a space for basil, which will come later. Basil is more tender than the other four and the current average overnight temps - about 5C - are too low. Basil also has a higher water requirement than its eventual pot-mates, but I’ve found in the past that this planter is large enough that I can water the basil without overwatering the others, which are all arid Mediterranean-adapted types.

I also picked up a dwarf thornless blackberry - the nursery brand is Bushel and Berry and the variety is called Baby Cakes - as a fun experimental addition. Blackberries grow here with no trouble - in fact they have rather too little trouble, and tend to overtake open lots, the edges of forests along roadways, etc. I don’t have the space (or the inclination) to wrestle year after year with thorny brambles but I do love blackberries, so I can’t wait to see how this goes!

Lastly, the current state of my peas. Growing 🌱