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plant haul from hazelwood herb farm:

  • angelica angelica archangelica. this gets HUGE, and i'll put it behind the figwort (which is also big, but not quite _as_ big). that's not the best place because there's not enough shade, but who knows, i might yet buy a tree for the front. i just wanted a ginormous plant, and i love its smell.
  • arugula eruca vesicaria sativa.
  • dill, 3 kinds: anethum graveolens bouquet, hercules, and tetra.
  • hummingbird sage salvia guarnatica.
  • lemon thyme thymus citriodorus variegata, since mine died last year.
  • ricola mint mentha x piperita 'swiss'.
  • shiso perilla frutescens. i'm going japanese. :) it's eaten with sashimi, and used in making umeboshi (pickled plum).
  • wasabi wasabia japonica !!!!! did i mention how excited i am about this? they will get their own little spot in the back under the apple tree in some new soil i'll buy, because they like it rich (and the entire backyard (minus my small beds) has no real topsoil), and they like it very shady. that's not the ideal growing condition, for that i'd need a gravel stream, but this is the next best thing. 


it was hard to stop because this early in the year they have lots of stuff i would like to buy, but i promised myself that i'd not buy more than i can plant, and the landlord's missile silo building has destroyed one of my beds already (though any day now i'll shovel that clear again. ghods, i am not looking forward to that what with the soil being clayey and heavy. i'm thinking of getting a truckload of good soil and covering the entire area around the back fence (using the fence itself to grow cucumbers and sweat peas. that's probably gonna remain a dream because it involves a lot of physical labour since that's not accessible other than by wheelbarrow.

what i really, really want is to make a pond in the back yard. *sigh*.

on 2008-05-02 09:53 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] rockthecj.livejournal.com
Don't make a pond!

*still traumatised from that time when I helped my mum making one a couple of summers ago...*

building a pond

on 2008-05-02 20:20 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com
don't worry, i won't make you help me. :)

on 2008-05-02 11:48 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] aquaeri.livejournal.com
Be careful about putting a layer of good soil on top of heavy clay - given how much rain you get, your good soil may be a marsh. Otherwise, how cool! You must show us pictures and let us know how it goes. I gather wasabi is hard to grow.

wasabi

on 2008-05-02 20:11 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com
the soil isn't actually clay, it just contains too much of it for my taste (and it's full of rocks to boot). i've got several improved beds already, so i don't expect it would be a problem.

yeah, i've read that wasabi is a bitch to grow commercially, mainly because the tastiest comes from freshwater mountain streams, and everyone wants to buy the tastiest. but the woman at the farm said theirs wasn't hard to grow at all as long as they gave it good soil and much shade. so i expect mine won't be extra-super-duper high grade, but i am hoping it'll be better than what we get in those tubes (which isn't wasabi at all). in china they grow a lot of it in field culture as well, for the less discriminating palate.

it'll take two years before one can harvest the roots, though the leaves supposedly carry some of the flavour and heat as well.

re: flexing my green thumbs

on 2008-05-02 15:42 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] jinian.livejournal.com
Oooh, wasabi! I have two wonderful shiso plants already, but I'm going to have to try growing wasabi if I can find it.

I am terribly allergic to Angelica, to the tune of a half-hour sneezing fit at my one exposure, so you might be a bit careful when it blooms if you have any pollen problems. (Luckily I didn't have to remove the plant from my garden myself!)

Re: flexing my green thumbs

on 2008-05-02 20:20 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com
this place with a seattle address sells plants: http://www.wasabifarm.com/

luckily i have no pollen allergies at all. sorry you do. :/

on 2008-05-02 18:44 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] geekchick
Mmmm, wasabi. Let us know how it turns out?

wasabi

on 2008-05-02 20:21 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com
oh yeah, i'll definitely write about it (probably until it comes out of everyone's ears :).

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