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  • Sylvia Colles
  • 12 Apr 2019
  • Herb Garden
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Herb Garden - Spring Fever!

Still suffering from spring fever – Still starting seeds.

Today it was time to plant the seeds that need to be started 4-6 weeks before the first expected frost-free date.  Nepatella (Calamintha nepeta) is a culinary herb.  Also known as calaminta, the plant's green leaves have a strong, distinctive flavor that's described as a cross between mint and oregano.  All the new seeds packed for 2019 except for the ones that need to be sown directly in the garden have now been planted. The new seeds are from Pinetree Garden Seeds which is a great source for garden seeds.  Great prices and good germination results when the instructions on the packets are followed. 

I also started more old seeds.  Rue (Ruta graveloens) was packed for 2016, so it may or may not germinate.  It was once used as a medicinal herb.  A fun bit of info, the shape of the leaves is said to be the inspiration for the design of the suit of clubs in cards. 

The foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) seeds were also from 2016.  Foxglove was the original source of digitalis used to treat weak hearts.  Another fun bit of info, folklore tells that the name, foxglove, came from the practice of foxes putting the flowers on their paws so that they could sneak up on fairies.   

Symptoms of spring fever are improving. Today, I hardened my heart and threw away the seeds that were 10 years old.  It’s not that I didn’t want to plant them just to see what would happen.  There just isn’t any more room on the two seed starting heat pads, and difficult decisions sometimes need to be made.

 

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