|Looking toward the photinia|
|Looking away from the photinia|
A few years ago, I made the mistake of adding lemon balm to the garden. It was intentional - it was one of my science experiments. The experiment was to see if it repelled the squash vine borer. I didn't notice any difference, as in, all my squash was still destroyed. We did, however, discover that lemon balm works relatively well as a mosquito repellent. Temporarily, at least. And I'd rather smell like lemon than sweat. And so, the lemon balm was given reprieve after reprieve. Then I added Garlic Chives, and two Chile Pequin, and Swiss Chard, and Thyme, and Oregano. And now I have have very little space in my gardens for important plants like tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Ironically, I just recently pulled out all the lemon balm because I don't really use it for anything and it doesn't seem like any of the beneficials like it either.
Maybe I should move the herbs to a different location (perhaps to the area by the possumhaws). I should really clear out the area where I actually PLAN to plant chile pequins and move them this fall.
|Potato Box plants...none of which are potatoes. Naturally. Also, I don't remember why there's a pipe-cleaner twisted around the one post. I'm sure I had a good reason at the time.|
Anyhoo, back to the potato box plants that aren't potatoes. In case you haven't already noticed, the husband and I are, generally speaking, lazy. Why put away your garden stuff when it's past the season which you're using it for when you can just leave it out there creating an eye-sore in your yard? We tell ourselves that we've left it there to help the Arizona Ash stump decompose quicker. In reality it's just that we're lazy and we keep saying that we'll try potatoes again. In the mean time, I use it as a regular planting bed. Right now it's got a Habanero, Eggplants, an Orange Fogo Pepper, and a Cossack Pineapple ground cherry. Let me tell you about the ground cherry. I got the seeds from The Great Outdoors when I went to get a Christmas gift for my mother in law. They were on clearance, and they were right by the register. I thought they were some type of tomato-like plant. And I guess they technically are since they're in the same family. The fruit looks like little tomatillos, and they are sweet and tart. I like them. The husband isn't as much of a fan, but he'll eat them. The plant we have has been doing pretty well and making a bunch of fruit. They're like peas, though - you have to have a bunch of plants to get enough to do something with otherwise, they're just an item that you stand out in the garden eating the ripe ones when you see them.
The eggplants just recently started flowering, so I don't know if we'll get anything from them this year. The habanero and the orange fogo will be dug up in about a month and I'll try to keep them alive through the winter so I can use them next spring.