Spring is in the air, even though is snowed last week in Ohio.

This is when I go into high-gear fantasizing over my garden. It used to be 100% herbs – and I always planted one very unusual species. Now it’s far more flowery but I still get my herb fix with containers that I smartly took to work so they over-wintered.

So I am starting the season with a lovely bushy rosemary, thyme and some oregano. Mostly I am proud they lived all winter, but I herald a success with the “office as winter garden space” and I will do that again.

If you have great southern windows and your house isn’t too dry, you can do this too. Mine doesn’t have the requisite six hours of light for this to work. However, I have a bank of southern windows at work, and took advantage.

One thing to be aware of, is infestations of whitefly. Those are the tiny gnat things that burst from the plants when you over-water. This is the fastest way to get co-workers to hate you: bring in plants that have bugs.

AFter the first sighting, I hightailed it over to the nursery, so here’s the skinny on keeping whitefly out and plants in.

  1. Let your plants dry completely before watering, then water from the base.
  2. Sprinkle cinnamon on the dirt all around and through the plant.
  3. Use “gnatnix!” this is a top dressing that you put over the cinnamon. It looks like tiny white stones. Guess what? it’s ground glass but you won’t cut yourself. I tried it – no cuts. it’s completely organic and since my three plants were culinary, I did not want pesticides.
  4. Use Sticky Whitefly Traps. These are yellow sticky cardboards that I put in the plants so anything that made it’s way our of the soil, was drawn to the paper and stuck there.

Here’s how this work. The larvae will hatch and make their way to the surface. They will be shredded by the ground glass. The cinnamon is a repellent too. Any that surface are drawn to the yelllow cardboard, ditto the ones that are flying around before you did all this.

My three plants are home now, waiting to be repotted. My armory of anti-whitefly equipment is stored for the summer. I am excited to plant some colorful flowers, and try some new stuff with containers. I have to cull through my medicinal plant information and see if there’s a new plant I can grow and tincture, so stay tuned for that.

Green blessings on us all.

 

6 thoughts on “My Herbs Survived Winter

  1. I’m starting to get excited for plant possibilities here, too, even though I’m severely limited by law on what I can have (and in some cases, by size; what exactly can I do with a 60-foot tropical tree in Scotland?). I’d like to kick whoever decided to ban ‘ava here; it’s so stupid and ill-informed. I’m a little nervous for the plants I do have; winter is difficult here even more for lack of light than for cold, and these are true tropicals. I may have to rig up some lighting before the weather turns again (in June *laugh*).

    I’m thinking about herbs, too; I do have the space in the greenhouse, and the tougher ones do very well here. It’s less a medicinal than a culinary matter for me, though; I looooove having them around for cooking, and I’ve gotten pretty adept at freezing them.

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  2. oh I bet that is a challenge! Can you work with any native plants there – have any called to you? I used to do so much more, but space and time squeezed out most of my daring experiments. It will be another month before I can put the annuals in, and I confess to doing that for the simple color it adds.

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    1. Chamomile is an old friend, and there’s likely a big, rolling pot of that in the future. Beyond that, I don’t know yet; everything is so quiet spiritually since I shut the journeying gate. I get the sense that they’re waiting for me to do something or to reach some point, but I’m not sure what that might be.

      There’s a really nice four-tiered flower wall (not sure what else to call it?) in the garden that is in dire need of some love. It has to be ornamentals, because it’s not at all designed to be worked in any serious way once it’s planted; you have to stand in the bottom tier to reach the second one, in the second to reach the third, and so on. I think I’m going to put an enormous planting of different coleus in there; they’re tough enough for here, easy to maintain, and gorgeous. It’s one of the fofo plants, but I never received a medicine for it, so it would be just a presence and some color, which is fine in its own right — I’m with you on that. 🙂

      That won’t happen until mid-May here either, though (After Mother’s Day, my mind says automatically, but here that happened last month.). Every day I’m more certain that I was actually born in America’s Scotland — the place everyone else makes fun of for how they talk and what they eat, and thinks everyone’s insane for staying there through winter. *laugh* And lately, a beleaguered castle of liberalism in increasingly conservative surroundings.

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