I suspect a few of us down south are starting to (or have some time in the past two or three weeks) get to work in the garden. I'm in the process of poisoning/ripping out/nuking from orbit (only way to be sure, right?) the weeds that took a stranglehold on things during winter and replacing/adding in a few things that died off or I didn't have much luck with last season.
- A jalapeno and habanero plant to sit alongside my serrano plant.
- Jerusalem artichokes. I didn't have much luck with them in a (large) pot last year so this year I've dedicated an entire bed to them. I'm tempted to rip up another bed--this one would be hard work, considering it's been overgrown since I moved in three years ago--and plant some shallots there.
- A few varieties of tomato, although not as many as last season. I realised last season, too late, that tomatoes require a lot of real estate. Some of the plants did well but a few died as I planted them close together. I've got Black Russians, tho', which are my favourite tomato. I also have San Marzano.
- Fleshing out the herbs that died off over winter: coriander, dill, bay, mint, thyme (this didn't die, but I use it enough to justify having more than the one tiny plant), tarragon, oregano, sage and sweet basil. Will probably pick up some chives and Thai basil, at the very least, next time I go to the hardware store.
I'm tempted to plant some strawberries again. I had two from last year that survived most of the way through winter until a few days of heavy rain washed them out, Noahstyle. I need to find or create a more sheltered and better drained position.