Starting Seeds

The planting season is in full swing, despite some unseasonably cold weather last week. The peas are already climbing the netting, and lettuces, bunching onions, leeks and violas have been planted out in the garden. Lots more still to come!

Among the exciting new additions to the garden this year:

Viola — edible collection
Pansies — old fashioned
Sweet Marigold Hyssop (supposed to be an excellent companion plant)
White Yarrow (we are keen to experiment with using this to make some kind of unhopped ale, maybe using water kefir grains)
Bergamot — Bee Balm
Lemon Bergamot
Spilanthes — Sechuan Button
Basil — Sacred
Basil — Red Opal

I am so hoping that we will soon be picking edible violas to add to our salads and caraway seeds to flavour our sauerkraut.

Peas climb up some chicken fence



3 Responses to “Starting Seeds”

  1. PG says:

    Hi Rebecca

    Marigolds were a great companion plant in our vege garden. I had alot of white fly around and once the mariogolds started to flower they all pretty much disappeared. I also found Lobelia plants were great too.

    Good luck with it all!

  2. dc says:

    Hi Rebecca,

    What’s the botanical name for sweet marigold hyssop? I’ve planted regular marigolds and calendula (also called marigolds) as companion plant but not heard of marigold hyssop.

    Be careful with the Yarrow as it tends to take over, I’m letting it take over some lawn. It’s much more drought tolerant them grass and it looks nice too!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Hi, and thanks for the comments.
    @PG: I’ve not tried growing lobelia here. I should get some. I imagine it would be a good ground cover for between vegetable plants, since it doesn’t get too big.
    @dc: What’s the botanical name for sweet marigold hyssop? Actually, I’ve been trying to find out. I’ll post it on this website if I come up with the answer. And thanks for the advice about the yarrow. I’ll think carefully about where to plant it.