Finally ... Spring!

Middle Tennessee has been basking in the 70s and 80s during the last few weeks. Alex and I have been taking the opportunity to work outside.

Our mint and chives from last year are already coming back in our herb garden full force. In fact, our basil has come back with a vengence ... and basil is supposed to be an annual herb! Annual plants are supposed to only live one year while perennial plants come back year after year. So I don't know what the deal is with that, but I'm not complaining. I think our winter wasn't quite so severe that maybe they never completely went away.

We went back to our friendly Farmer's Co-op yesterday and bought three tomato plants, two hot banana pepper plants and some cilantro for our little garden. I'd also like to put out some oregano and cilantro, but they didn't have any. I'm hoping they'll get some in early this week.

Alex also bought me a compost bin for Christmas, so we've got that set up and I'm learning all I can about how to compost. With all our recycling and composting, our household trash is rapidly diminishing. I'm hoping this summer we can cancel our trash pick-up service, and what trash we do have, we can take in our truck to the dump.
Wish me luck! :)


Anonymous said...

Wow! Herb garden and a compost! Awesome! The family I lived with in Germany are religious composters. Very big thing there. My only concern is that you might want to move that bin further from your house. It's gonna get a little smelly at times!

Mandy said...

Haha, thanks Diana! From what I've read (and only time will tell), if I keep the right mix of nitrogen and carbon items, as well as keeping it turned and aerated, it should not be too smelly. Lol, so we'll see. :)

Anonymous said...

Cool, Mandy. You're the coolest with, what, your gardening and your delegating funds for those deserving. Lots of great things I'm hearing-you make me smile :) Hugs to you, love, Betsy

Mandy said...

Aww, thanks Lou! :) I'm just trying to do my part! I've been so blessed and want to give back to make the world a better place.

Miss you lots! Wonder when Jenny's clothes swap and house party will be?

Sarah Blanshan said...

Yay for gardens! I don't know if I'm going to try my hand at it this year, though I really want to. Bob and I cancelled our trash service several months ago, and it has saved us a ton of money! It's really easy to do it yourself!