The weather here has been crazy these past few days-- absolute torrential downpours, real thunderstorms, complete with thunder and lightning! This hardly ever happens here in my area of Colorado. Usually if we get rain its a nice gentle shower that lasts maybe 20-30 minutes.
Until these past few days, I could count on probably one hand the number of times we ever had a true thunderstorm in the past 9 years that I've lived in Colorado. But we've had two separate thunderstorms already today. Yesterday we got caught in a thunderstorm when we were at the garden center. It lasted over an hour. Its insane!
But honestly, I'm loving it. I've always loved thunderstorms; the more rain, thunder and lightning, the better. Its one thing I've really missed since we moved away from Iowa, those wild spring thunderstorms. Happily, more storms are predicted for the next few days here!
I ran out today between the two storms and planted my basil and red geraniums. I hope that chamomile and basil are compatible because I put the basil in my oak barrel planters with the chamomile that self-seeded and came back from last year. Hopefully, they won't make each other smell or taste funny. I decided to try basil this year because I use so much of it when cooking; I'd love to grow enough of my own to keep myself stocked up over winter. That would be awesome.
I'm kind of sad about it, but I've decided not to try a vegetable garden this year. I just haven't had good luck the past few years. I even tried moving my veggie garden to another spot last year and it didn't help. I have such poor soil in my yard. What I hope to do in the future is build one or two raised beds for vegetable gardening. Just not going to happen this year, though.
However, I am focusing on my herb friends this year. My soil may be poor for veggies, but my herbs are loving it. My lemon balm, lavender, tansy, hyssop and sage are all very happy. So is the periwinkle and sweet woodruff, although I'm worried about them. They like shade and unfortunately, the neighbor's tree which hangs over the fence and shades them has died way back. I don't know if its going to make it, the neighbors will probably cut it down. I'm wondering where I can move my shade-lovers so I don't lose them. Have to wait and see...
Are you doing any gardening this year? How is it going so far?
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