Sunday, March 13, 2011


Even though I know that I can take a walk in the woods on a winter day and see robins, spotting them in my backyard is much more satisfying.  They have not been amenable to being photographed, nor have the redwing blackbirds and blue jays.  But the sparrows are.

Yesterday I started some seeds for cilantro, basil, parsley, zinnia, and calendula.  The last in that list is defined as a "hardy seeding annual" which I assume means once it is planted, it will keep coming up year after year.  Sounds like a good candidate for the meadow.

And that is as close to gardening as I have come so far in 2011.


ErinFromIowa said...

Calendula are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Cabbage Moth, The Gothic, Large Yellow Underwing and Setaceous Hebrew Character. Be advised not to plant in vegetable gardens.

If you have Calendula in your meadow will it draw the above mentioned away from your vegetable garden?

ErinFromIowa said...


Pat - Arkansas said...

That may be as far as you've gone toward gardening, but you're that many steps ahead of me; I've done nothing -- except weed two small lily beds.

Interesting information from ErinFromIowa. I didn't know that about Calendula.