My daffodils are blooming and it was warm enough to wear capri pants this week, so it must be spring. This means it is time to fertilize my raspberry bushes, and look forward to my summer crop. Raspberries are pretty much the only produce I can grow, because they grow like weeds, and need little attention.
When my children were young, my wonderful husband built us a fabulous raised bed garden area complete with irrigation. The girls and I would plant our crops and hope we could beat the slugs to the harvest. As the girls got older, the garden was put on the back burner in our busy schedule. Now it is just a beautiful raised bed, which we occasionally go weed.
This year I am going to try again to revive the garden, even if it is just to grow herbs (aka catnip). I love fresh basil, and buy the little living plants at the grocery store, only to have them die the next day. To help me with my new herb garden, Camas Public Library has scheduled a series of three herb workshops. The first one is on Tuesday, March 18th at 6:45. Master Gardener Eloyce O’Connor will provide information on
culinary, household, health and cosmetic uses for herbs, as well as tips on growing and preserving. I am looking forward to getting some information on how to get my herb garden started, and what to do with the herbs once I grow them. We will also decide at this workshop what else we would like her to share with us during the next two workshops. These are scheduled for April 22nd, and May 13th if you would like to mark that on your calendar now.
If there are gardening classes that you are interested, please let us know so we can schedule them at the library. We aim to please (if we can find a master gardener available to teach the class). Some possibilities are container gardening, growing vegetables, small space gardening, and gardening with native plants. For a list of the possible classes that we could schedule, check out Clark County Master Gardeners