Earth Day Digging in the Dirt
Don't you just love the smell of Spring . . . the sweet scents of the never-ending variety of blooms - lilac, honeysuckle, hyacinth, lily of the valley, tulips, daffodils, lupine, sweet violet, clematis, roses, apple and cherry blossoms, to name a few - and the earthy smell we often associate with rainfall? There are actually words for that smell - Geosmin, which literally translates to "earth smell" and is an organic compound with a distinct earthy flavor and aroma, is responsible for the earthy taste of beets and a contributor to the strong scent (Petrichor) that occurs in the air when rain falls after a dry spell of weather or when soil is disturbed. Who knew?
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As for my personal Earth Day project, I went into recycle/reuse mode. Since my move out to the country just outside Nashville six years ago, I have had some unfinished outdoor plans I'm been itching to complete. We recently had our annual Nashville Herb Society sale at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds and I was anxious to get some of new herbs planted. With so much shade on the property, I had an experiment in mind for my over-sized front deck, which required portable planters to find the sunniest areas.
To get motivated, I decided to start small and tackle some older terracotta-colored planters that had seen better days. Scrub, prime, prime, paint, paint, PLANT! That's all there was to it!
Planter placement on front deck. This deck is about 30 X 18 feet. I also have two back decks, each 44 X 20 feet. The jury is still out on whether they will get enough sun. (Click image for larger view.) And, yes - my deck needs staining! Want to volunteer? :) I'll show you the furniture on the other side of this shot when I get them recovered!
These are just a few of my plants. Most of mine are in the ground, but I wanted to have some easily accessible for my kitchen witchery brews.
What did you do on Earth Day? Are you a gardener and if so, what type of plants do you grow? Feel free to share your ideas, plans and tips and you are welcome to share this blog post!
5/3/2012 07:08:03 am
Stephanie... i'm intrigued to know... what is bee balm? It's not something we have in Australia.
5/3/2012 07:20:28 am
You are my hero in so many ways. I have some planting planned around my little apartment. I'm waiting for my son to come dig up the beds. My place faces north so is mostly in the shade. I am going to put in some hostas, some lilys, and some herbs among those. My neighbor iis gonna tuck something in too!
5/3/2012 07:32:02 am
Yes, indeed, bees love bee balm! The Monarda Bee Balm symbolizes compassion or sweet virtues and in the language of flowers suggests to the recipient, “Your whims are unbearable.” Its name is derived from its odor, which is considered similar to the bergamot orange. After the 1775 Boston Tea Party, the penalized colonists faced the huge dilemma of scrambling for a Chinese and Indian tea substitute. John Bartram, a devoted botanist, of Fort Oswego in upper New York, had learned from Native Americans many plant uses, including a certain wildflower's foliage to treat chills and fever. It is an aromatic herb belonging to the mint family and he named it Oswego tea. Little did Bartram know that this same plant we commonly call Bee Balm would replace the Chinese and Indian tea as the colonies' household drink. While it offered no caffeine, the tea proved to be a good a balm for healing and soothing sore throats and headaches. Oil within the leaves was used to treat insect bites and relieve bronchial congestion. Most important, it made a welcome substitute and was very tasty tea indeed.
5/3/2012 08:23:20 am
Thank-you Stephanie. That's a beautiful botanical history lesson!
5/3/2012 07:39:07 am
Good for you, Audrey! You'll be amazed at what will grow in shade!
5/3/2012 10:34:19 am
I love your planters! I have a "deck garden" going on myself right now. So far I am growing peas, potatoes, garlic, grapes and blueberries in pots. We will see how they do!
5/3/2012 01:42:59 pm
You're welcome, Margi!
5/25/2012 04:29:11 pm
Good job, definitely I'll also follow you. I like the purple flower so beautiful.
8/3/2012 02:41:03 pm
Very interesting topics here in your site mate. Can't wait to read more of your blogs. Just keep it coming.
8/31/2012 02:27:07 pm
I watered all the plant in my garden and nearby area. Also invited my friends on home for little talk and have gifted them a plant to grow in their gardens.
12/1/2022 05:32:53 am
We wish you a happy and meaningful Earth Day, and enjoyment of the many gifts of working and playing the dirt, all year round.
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Welcome! I'm Stephanie (Jo to close friends), founder of EdenSong. Aside from my university studies, I have a natural passion for all things organic. I enjoy living and learning about natural ways, all things health related, cooking, gardening with herbs and flowers, photography, DIYing, yoga, bicycling, ballet, traveling and being with family and friends. A quirk of mine is my near obsession of Asian culture, particularly Korean history and its language. Would you like to know more? Find out about us.
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