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With the semester over, and it no longer looking like there are going to be overnight freezes (living in upstate New York: gardening is hard), I just put in some plants today. Now, I had intended to put them in last week, but discovered, when trying to dig holes in the front flowerbed that my landlord put in, that our front garden is apparently solid clay. Like, not "gee, we have some clay-y soil." Like, "gee, I can roll the scoop of dirt I just pulled out of the ground into a ball, and then sculpt a pinch-pot with it." I decided it wasn't work digging out the whole thing and replacing with topsoil, so I went out and bought pots and dirt to put in them, and spent my early afternoon happily digging.

pictures of food plants (and some non-food) )

At the moment, I'm planning on keeping all the herbs on the back step, the tomatoes on the porch edge, and putting the peppers on the front steps. We get morning light in the front, strong mid-day light on the back step, but not for very many hours (it's shady in the morning, and gets shaded pretty fast in the afternoon). I'm not sure about the lettuce. Previous attempts have ended up with bitter, inedible lettuce in June, but I've moved to a cooler climate; should I position them to get less sun, or put them alongside the tomatoes up front? I'd rather get to eat them than not...

lavender

Jun. 9th, 2010 11:06 am
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I've acquired four lavender seedlings (still pretty tiny), and have no experience growing lavender, so I don't have any idea how fast they'll grow or how big they'll get.

My main concern is what sort of and size of containers to plant them in (the ground isn't an option due to lack of sun in the available places). What I've read so far is that lavender needs good drainage, so I'm guessing the best would be to put a layer of sand/gravel in the bottom of a pot, and that terracotta would probably be best since it's permeable. Right now I only have a few 8" terracotta pots -- would these be big enough, or should I purchase larger ones? What about the rectangular planters? Would the smaller kind (the ones that are about 18" long) be large enough, or too narrow?

Also, does anyone know if lavender is prone to being eaten by pests? We have serious deer issues in my area (they eat everything), and we have a woodchuck that's been caught sneaking under the deer fencing I've put up to eat my tomatoes/basil/cilantro. If being eaten isn't an issue for lavender, I'd be very happy not to have to worry about covering it or spraying it (of course I didn't think cilantro would be a problem, either.)

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