Community Garden Plot

Why, the subtitle of this blog is “Cocktails, food, and gardening…” and I have yet to put up any garden pictures!

Today we did a bit of a cleanup of our community garden plot and planted some herbs we got last weekend in Paso Robles.

This guy I rescued about 2 years ago in the discount section of our local garden center. It is finally doing well.

This is Wormwood (Artemisia absinthum). According to the plant tag, it repels dogs and cats.

Some sort of perennial African Basil.

Winter Savory (Satureja montana) is a plant I always like to have around.

You can’t make “Whiskey Tansy” without Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare).

True Yerba Buena (Satureja douglasii).

Yerba Buena flower.

This Silver Thyme I planted earlier this year, still doing well!

Lemon Thyme.

Formosa Lily. Grew this from seeds I traded for on the Internets.

Our little plot.

9 thoughts on “Community Garden Plot

  1. cool! i never heard that of wormwood. i’ll have to plant some and see if it keeps the dog off the flower bed…

  2. Well, I asked some friends who already grow A. absinthum, if this was true.

    They say their pets won’t eat it; but, love to sit it in.

    Sounds like it is another wormwood myth!

  3. Heya absinthist! Thanks for stopping by. Indeed, both the tansy and wormwood plants seem to be doing just fine, now that they are in the ground. I have to transplant the big Colocasia (elephant ear type thing) this week, which may be quite an undertaking. I hope it doesn’t mind too much.

  4. As long as you talk to her, she won’t mind, hehe.
    Keep up the good work! I have restricted my small garden to wormwoods, hyssop, juniper, etc, but in plans I am having Thuja (got very nice seeds recently).

  5. My girlfriend is a member in your community garden (I belong to the one on Arlington) and I can well understand why you’d want to keep animals out of your plot; the place is just infested with cats!

    You’ve got an enviable climate for an SF garden there. I always used to stop and admire the grape vines(Pinot Noir, I think they were) a former member had planted. While my own garden may just be essentially up the hill it is always degrees cooler and I doubt very much wine grapes would succeed in it. There are still plenty of other things to grow-you’ve no doubt noticed the often drastic difference in taste between even the best store bought vegetables and something you picked an hour or two back. I was shocked by how good things I never cared much for previously could be when I grew them myself.

  6. That’s funny! What plot does she garden in?

    Sadly, the wine maker left the garden and they decided to pull out all the grapes.

    We do have a pretty good climate.

    The Bernal micro-climates are funny. We live on the South side of Crescent, and it seems to be much colder than other areas of Bernal.

  7. Her plot is no. 20, she tells me.

    Find any uses for yerba buena other than making tea with it? Muddling it in drinks yielded less than satisfying results in my few tentative experiments when I was growing it. I thought it might make an decent addition to a fresh herb rub for a roast chicken though I’ve yet to test that idea out.

    The southern reaches of Bernal seem to be the northern boundary of one of the city’s fog corridors. I’m at the cusp myself at Mission and Richland. A short walk north and you usually pop back into sunshine.
    My favorite weird micro-weather phenomena is to stand at the crest of Bernal hill on certain days and feel a temperature change of a few degrees depending on which flank of the hill you are closest to. This usually means moving a distance of only about 10′ or so.

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