Herbs out front

These days my gardening is in very short bursts before my ankle forces me back inside to the couch with an elevated boot. I planted a cauliflower and a broccoli yesterday. Just one of each. Today I was going to sow some peas and zinnias. I packed my bucket (the handle can be held in the same hand as a crutch – the only way to transport something these days) with the seeds from my office, the trowel from the garage, and the labels from the toolbox…and that was it. So let’s see what else I can do from this here couch…

I’m a sucker for plants (and seeds, and…yeah. “Hi, my name is Plumdirt, and I’m a plant-a-holic.) This leads to either more pots on my small front “porch” than agrees with my aesthetic or dead plants in their starter containers because I ran out of time to plant them.

When DH picked up a new Thai basil this year, we were bumping up against the latter and needed to find it a home quickly. Enough shade to survive, enough water to grow, and enough space to branch out. In our small yard, there weren’t many options. I plopped it into the first piece of earth that seemed to fit the bill and waited.

It just so happens to catch the run-off from a lot of the roof. It also soaks up the near-constant drip of the AC condenser drain in the summer. It might be too swampy. It might be just right.

Now whenever I open the garage door for a shovel, or to rotate laundry, or let loose the lawn mower, it gets bumped by the door and a fresh waft of Thai basil swirls through the air to my nose.

Serendipitous planting is oft times my favorite sort.


14 comments on “Herbs out front

  1. Robbie says:

    Aww that must suck to have to be on crutches and a plantaholic! That is one thing that would be driving me crazy. I would say you are doing great to get that much done. I was not off my feet or had crutches when I went over my handel bars,but my leg was twice the size of other one( well it was obviously swollen and pretty bad looking with purple! It looked like I had a dirt all over my leg-lol), I really feel for you going through this..how long do you have to be on crutches? That is a beautiful plant and it looks like it loves it’s spot:-)

    • plumdirt says:

      I really don’t sit still well, so even if I can only be “up” for five minutes once an hour, I’m going to do it. I really am glad your leg is all better! That sounds like it was a pretty one šŸ˜‰ I’m on crutches for at least two weeks (ten days in and still not standing on two feet). I got a boot yesterday that stays on for a month. At least that alone, after crutches, I can hopefully manage for longer periods in the garden, provided the swelling doesn’t increase…

  2. Wait – crutches? What happened while I was off chasing dogs and grandchildren?
    Love your garage air freshener…my ex once admitted that he would mow too close to my lavender on purpose to make the air smell better šŸ˜‰

    • plumdirt says:

      Ha! I hope the lavender survived.
      Soccer happened. Five 2nd-3rd degree ligament tears – three outside, one inside, one in my shin. Apparently when I do something, I go all out?

      • You won’t believe this, but I know a woman here (a local restaurant owner) who did nearly the same thing two years ago in a soccer game against the kitchen staff….Hope you’re on the mend!
        The lavender survived and did quite well…back in Oklahoma, I didn’t worry much about winter kill or soggy feet šŸ˜‰

      • plumdirt says:

        Hooray for the lavender!

        I do have visible bumps on either side of my ankle again…so there’s progress =)

  3. Kevin says:

    Your basil looks happy! Hope your ankle is on the mend.

  4. Once looking basil. I like the. Idea with the door bumping it. I hope your ankle heals soon so you can get back at it.

  5. Firstly ouch about the ankle! Frustrating and no doubt bloody painful/
    I love serendipity gardening – it’s my favourite kind!

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