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Archive for June 25th, 2011

Urban Horticulture Updates

I’ve repotted my mini fern and stunted rosemary into larger pots.  I love rosemary for culinary purposes, but have been so afraid to use it as it hasn’t grown in over a year!  I just hope the full sun and and larger pot just do the trick to letting it become a lushous culinary plant.

Rosemary

Fern

Strawberries are doing beautifully, but to reiterate I am definitely going to get a lot more plants next year because 3 plants just ain’t cutting it for our appetites!

Alpine Strawberries


“Welcomes” are in order for my first rose bud!  Unfortunately it’s covered in the powdery mildew fungus.  I found a fantastic article on this ailment about causes and remedies.

http://www.mastergardeners.org/publications/powderyMildew.html

Rose Bud

Citronella is doing quite wonderfully!  The flowers smell amazing (as potent if not more than jasmine).  While I was out on the patio for 15 minutes today, I observed 3 bees go and take care of their business with the lemon flowers.

Meyer Lemon Tree

Meyer Lemons Flowers

Meyer Lemons

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Like a Bee in a Candy Store

I made a trip to Lowe’s in San Jose last week, where I have found the best prices for seeds.  They have a great selection of varieties as well.  My mission was to get flower seeds to attract beneficial insects and replenish my herb supply.  WARNING: FOXGLOVE IS VERY POISONOUS TO CATS AND DOGS.

I finally got around to planting all the seeds.  Now we sit back, wait,  and let the magic happen!

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Plant Light Mature Height Estimated Days to Germination Actual Days to Germination
Alyssum (carpet of snow) Partly shady 4-6 in. 5-14 4
Foxglove (mixed colors) Partly shady 4 ft. 7-14  10
Catnip Full Sun 25-35 in. 8-12  8
Four O’Clocks (Tea Time Mix) Full Sun 24 in. 7-10  9
Chamomile (German) Full Sun 20-30 in. 7-14  5
Basil (Dark Opal Purple) Full Sun 18 in. 14-21  7
Rosemary (Romero) Full Sun 18 in. 14-21  15
Sunflower (mixed colors) Full Sun 4 ½ ft 14-21  6
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