Monday, May 25, 2009

The Bunky County Memorial Garden is planted:



Sweet basil, Thai basil, lemon basil,cilantro, red leaf lettuce, three varieties of tomato, cucumbers, chili peppers, and green bell peppers.

The sweet basil already looks diseased:



The cucumber and chili pepper plants are even worse off. I got the plants from a friend who grew them from seed in egg cartons. The experiment apparently didn't go too well. Most of the leaves are white and withered. But I'm going to give them a try. A few of the cukes might have a chance. But I'll probably end up ripping most of them out of the ground next weekend and buying some less challenged plants.

Yesterday I went in search of free compost. A friend tipped me off to the compost site in South St. Paul. It's a veritable mountain of organic matter, free for the taking. I loaded up a recycling bin with the stuff:


I don't really have much of a clue what you're supposed to do with compost. So I've just been shoveling clumps of it onto the garden. I buried one wee little tomato plant in organic matter. We'll see if he can survive the suffocation.