Sunday, February 24, 2013

Garden Workers

Retirement Perk -  I have a helper in the garden this year.  Who knew two people working in the garden would work so much faster than just one? We started at the front door and have trimmed up the shrubbery along the front of the house. We added new bark mulch giving the front of the house a nice, clean look.

A little over a week ago I cleaned out a pot, added fresh soil, and tore open a seed packet.  I took a chance and planted some cilantro in a new spot this year.

Cilantro - Week 2
I usually sprinkle seeds in the autumn, planting herbs straight in the flower beds mixed in among the perennials.  This year I plan to have several pots of herbs just outside the back door.  Cilantro is one of my favorites, I like using the leaves in salads and salsa, or chopping up a handful and throwing them in a pot of pinto beans just before I serve them.  At this stage of the game these are just wishful plans - right now I'm babying sprouts and watching the daily weather reports to keep my seedlings healthy.

I got this idea from my Mom: Using plastic wrap
to protect the 'cilantro babies' from the cold weather.
Mr. J&C and I have ended several days cold and covered in dirt - tired, tired. But proud of our accomplishments and looking forward to what we will do next.



Jenny said...

I'm ready for Spring!!! xo Jenny

Lili said...

Love your idea of growing the herbs in containers right outside the door. This makes me excited for Spring!

TexWisGirl said...

awesome that you work well together! i like the idea of herb pots, too.

Leslie said...

Hearing about you in the dirt makes me more anxious for spring! I'm seeing bit of it with my March flowers going to bloom soon and baby fuzzy buds on the dogwoods! Cilantro in homemade salsa sounds delicious, too! Charming blog! :)

Claudia said...

Cannot wait for spring! I long to get my hands in the soil again and see little buds on everything!


Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Sowing anything is still months away for us...but it's so good to see someone being able to do that.


Mary said...

Love to see you are already sowing seeds - hopefully I'll be right behind another month or so! I love to have cilantro at hand - for cooking, but mostly because it reminds me so much of my childhood - it grew wild near a stream in the village - I never knew then what it was - but that perfume was definitely the same.

Glad retirement is going well dear - many thanks for stopping by to see my Antarctic pics.

Hugs- Mary

catmint said...

sounds like you had good results from your being cold, dirty and tired. We call cilantro coriander - I love it too, but find it hard to grow because it is an annual here and seems to go to seed immediately and die.