Hello again - Bailey here with "The Bailey Report" for this week. Now you may not know this but I have a cousin by name of Autumn and she lives with Maggie and Mitch. Hhhmmm I wonder if she knows she's my cousin? They have THE MOST beautiful garden and I love reading about it. So I asked Mom if I could learn about gardening too. Our garden is not anything like Maggie and Mitche's - but we are making a start. First of all Mom showed me the wonderful herb planter that my Dad bought for her. Mom says herbs are edible plants and can be used a lot in cooking. We have rosemary, thyme, parsley, sage, chives, tarragon and some other herbs growing. Mom planted miniature marigolds in the bottom tray as they help keep bugs away. Pity it doesn't work on sparrows - they seem to love the chives for some reason. Then I checked out Mom's "pride and joy" as she calls it. This is her gardenia bush and I just couldn't keep my nose away from it - the flowers smell heavenly! I like how the flowers come out white and go to a butter yellow color after a day or two.
Next I went over to check out the raised veggie garden that my big brother dogervised the building of. Mom says we had some "issues" with the garden soil. We used a mix of top soil and good quality potting soil thinking that would give the plants a great start. Instead we found the soil was lacking badly in iron and many of the plants turned yellow. We bought some iron and new fertilizer and the plants are doing so much better now. The Japenese egg plant has a pretty bell shaped flower on it and the sweet Texas onions are really growing well. We also have garlic, spring onions, parsley, basil, heirloom tomatoes in black, striped and yellow, Italian eggplant and a variety of peppers growing. Who would think there was such a science to growing plants - wow I learned so much walking around with mom? Have a great weekend everyone and I will be back next week with a new "The Bailey Report"