hello, spriggan!

art & curiosities by Leigh Ann Gagnon

It’s been sooo dry, and then we had a week straight of gentle rain. The plants are loving it and had a real growth spurt, so I thought I’d share more. 🙂

In planters:

  • Tomatoes

  • Eggplant ‘Patio Baby’

  • Bell Pepper, Lilac

  • All the herbs and salad greens: Sorrel, shiso, cilantro, parsley, burnet, lovage, spearmint, peppermint

  • Not pictured are other herbs coming along, like chives, basil, chervil, watercress. They’re in a more sheltered spot while they sprout.

In the raised bed:

  • Radishes, ‘Easter Egg II’

  • Scallions

  • Edamame

  • Carrots

  • Salsify (a root veg, keen to try as it sounds very interesting)

  • Bush pickles

  • Zucchini (boy uhh they are always bigger than I expect)

  • Cantaloupe

Usually I buy seeds from Johnny’s Selected Seeds, but we have a few grocery store seed packets mixed in, and I found a stash of old seeds left over from growing herbs at my dad’s greenhouse. Seven year old basil seeds are coming up fine!

Burnet: cucumber flavored leaves, delicious in salad


Cilantro (plus a stray, pretty sure it’s Sweet Annie)

Lovage: celery sort of flavor

Red Shiso, aka perilla or beefsteak plant: the kids will not eat rice without “purple sprinkles” (shiso fumi furikake). I love growing it for the leaves but am going to try to make my own furikake in bulk this year. 😀

Raspberry (wineberry, pretty sure) bushes that came up wild in the hedgerow and are flourishing. Invasive? Yes. Delicious? Double yes. They’ve been getting annoying to mow around, so when I moved the raised bed, I put it close enough to the berry bushes that I could mulch around it all, and now we don’t have to mow right next to them.

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