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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

herbs make you happy (and pak choi doesn't hurt)

Sometimes life is tough. There isn't enough time in the day, deadlines loom, responsibilities seem overwhelming. What do you do? Take a deep breath and get to work.

This morning my task was a true tonic: planting herbs and a few edibles for two clients who have just recently become interested in growing food. We started slowly last year with a few tomatoes and this spring I've added lettuce, some spicy purple pak choi,

and "Bull's Blood" beets.

These plants look as good as they taste, and add color, shape, and texture to any container.

It's too early for hot weather crops like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants, but greens are perfectly happy with night time temps in the 40's. Peas also thrive in cooler temperatures and will soon be wrapping their grasping tendrils all along that terrace railing.

Similarly, it's too early to plant sweet basil, but rosemary, dill, lovage, and sage are happy happy happy.

And after a morning in the garden, so am I.


Kathy said...

Beautiful pictures! Love herbs, first I've heard of pak choi. Looking forward to planting it this season.

Unknown said...

I just planted the top row of my new "living wall" with herbs, violas and swiss chard.

I love your photos Ellen! Very inspiring.

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