Siam Queen Basil and Rama Tulsi Holy Basil in Bloom
The bees in my neighborhood love the basil flowers. Siam Queen is a Thai basil with a dramatic violet flower head and Rama Tulsi is a green stemmed Ayurvedic basil with lavender flowers. This spring, I intermixed strong scented herbal plants among the peppers, melons and squash to see if that might deter the bugs that damage the pepper plants and possibly keep the destructive melon flies from finding the baby melons and squash.
Recently, Michelle who writes the "From Seed to Table" blog shared how she starts lemon grass. I had planted lemon grass from seed last year and didn't realize it wasn't the same lemon grass used in Thai cooking. Like French Tarragon, Lemon Grass for cooking is started from a cutting. I was able to get a lemon grass stalk started and rooted successfully - mahalo Michelle!
The Red Harbanero produced a huge amount of peppers in April and it's just starting to flower all over again. I've planted so many different types of pepper seeds and so far there have only been 3 that the bugs don't bother much - Red Harbanero, Tabasco and Jwala.
The First Japanese Climbing Cucumber
All of the cucumber plants that were flowering in February were badly damaged by powdery mildew so I pulled the plants and started over. The new cucumber plants are growing like crazy - it looks like a mini jungle. Yesterday I harvested the first 3 cucumbers.