Gardening Lessons Learned the Hard Way: Transplanting Herbs

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When I tried to transplant some of my herbs from the garden at our old house to our new house, some survived the move and some did not.  The oregano was one of the first to quickly wither away and die after the move.  The rosemary also quickly died.  It seemed that the herbs that prefer dryer growing conditions just could not handle the move, but the herbs that prefer slightly moist to wetter growing conditions did okay with the move.

You may have noticed from some of my recent posts that I have been having trouble with a neighbor cat eating up my salad and herb garden.  After I lost a couple of dill plants, lettuce plants, and almost all of the catnip plants I planted for our own cats, I decided that it was time to relocate everything.  With this move upstairs to the patio, so far the same herbs seem to be surviving and the same ones seem to be suffering.  It kills me to have to go buy more oregano for the second time this season, but it was a risk I had to take.

Lesson learned:  before you plant Mediterranean, dry soil-loving herbs in the ground or a raised bed, be sure that will be a good spot for them!  Many people plant their herbs in containers, which seems to be a good option.  I like being able to let the oregano spread to it’s heart’s content, but will try container planting for the time being.

Succulent Diversification Project

Largely inspired by Catherine of Inspire Bohemia’s posts on how much she loves succulents, I decided to do a succulent diversification project recently. 🙂  I have been propagating the same few original succulent plants for a while now, and just having the same two varieties in my little patio containers was getting a little boring.  I picked up a few new ones, and added little bits to each container.  I am so much happier with the results!

I also came across these tealight chandeliers that we had at our wedding reception recently, and was determined to find an interesting use for them.  I planted tiny succulent cuttings in the candle holders of two of them and hung them in our patio pergola.  Hopefully when they grow a little bigger, they will be quite interesting looking!

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