April 28, 2004

Blanket and Garden

Again, thank you, everyone, for your kind words about the sweater. I think the wet-blocking’s going to work, so I’m back to feeling completely happy about the project.

I’ve finished another Critter blanket, using the same Red Heart yarn as I did for the first one (here is a picture of it, with a close-up of the Rice Stitch I used). I’m steadily working on the baby blanket, but it’s slow going.

I’ve also taken a few more pictures of the garden, just to see how things are progressing. Here are the hops that I showed you last time (April 14):


They’re already out of control and need to be drastically pruned and cut back; maybe I’ll get to that this weekend. Also coming up nicely are the rhubarb, sorrel, mint and lovage:


The beds need to be cleared out and weeding needs to be done, but clearly these plants, at least, need no help from us — they’re looking almost too vigorous, especially the mint! There are 5 or 6 different kinds of mint in that bed, which is next to the hops, on the other side of the garden from the rest of the herbs, in a (probably) vain attempt to stop the mint from taking everything over. Last year the mint battled the hops to a draw, with neither being able to quite block the other from intruding into its growing space. We’ll see if the arms race has escalated this year!

Posted by Aven at April 28, 2004 02:34 PM

Your garden is so much farther ahead then mine. My herbs have barely begun to poke through the ground. I love lovage and have two plants, really a person only needs one plant as it gets so BIG however I have never been able to find someone to take the other plant, sadly a lot of the herb ends up being wasted.
How do you use your lovage in cooking?
I bought a lovage, apple chutney from Tangled Graden http://www.tangledgarden.ns.ca/ at a fraft show and it was wonderful, I thought it may be fun to recreate. I thought they also had a rhubarb, lovage chutney, however I don’t see it on their website.

Posted by: Paula at April 28, 2004 05:11 PM

Lots of mint, eh? Em has a cure for that… mojitos!

No, seriously, when can we come over?

Posted by: Tyla at April 28, 2004 09:29 PM

I’m glad that the sweater is going well; it looks great.

Amazingly enough, I have the ability to kill mint; the only potted plant I’m able to keep alive is an ancient aloe that I think holds on out of sheer spite. If you need the mint to be less aggressive, jut let me know; I can probably just think about it in passing and it will start shrinking.

Posted by: Lydia at April 29, 2004 07:35 AM

Beer, beer, beer dear, that’s what hops makes me think of!
Alcoholic Mom

Posted by: susan at May 4, 2004 12:38 AM