Our rosemary which was doing so badly in my previous post did, in fact, bite the dust. I have no idea what went wrong, but it was easily fixed. We stopped into Wal-Mart yesterday and picked up a nice big replacement. I potted it when we got home. While I was at it, I transplanted our basil out of the raised bed into another pot. Some friends gave us some garlic from their bed they were moving Wednesday, and I wanted the spot where the basil was to plant that.
I've never grown garlic before. I remember my mother keeping it when I was growing up, primarily for her homemade pickles. Unfortunately, I never had much of an interest in growing things or cooking while I lived at home, though, so I didn't get any tips there. I suppose I should've done some research, but I decided instead to just jump right in and plant it. It was in one large clump when we got it, so I'm sure I couldn't have put it too close together. I spaced it out 5-6" apart and planted the bulbs with 1-2" of soil over the top. Maybe that was deep enough. We shall see!
Something else I planted yesterday was a Grape Tami G Hybrid Tomato that we picked up at Wal-Mart while we were replacing our rosemary. I had run out of room in our raised bed, so I repurposed one of our many Tidy Cats buckets for the job. I put a few holes in the bottom of it to allow for drainage, so hopefully that will do OK. We haven't had much success with tomatoes in containers so far, but it was the best I could do without digging a hole in the yard.
The thyme from last year that turned green again this spring is still doing well! It's not as full as I'd like, but I'm hoping it will continue to fill out. I trimmed off some of the more sparse branches in the hopes of helping the others do better. Actually, I accidentally trimmed off one of the branches full of leaves in the process. I stuck it in a glass of water in the kitchen window, though, and it rooted. So I'll be planting that this evening, along with a "volunteer" tomato of some sort that has popped up in the raised bed next to one of our pepper plants.
So here's our happy little garden for this year, thus far. Hopefully it will continue to do well!