The herb garden showing new life on 3 March, 2012.
The small space between the carport and the cellar stairwell was a weedy area when we
moved here in 2010.
I did little with the space that first year, other than some half-hearted grubbing which revealed shallow gritty soil with the roots of the nearby box elder tree sending out woody tentacles just below the surface.
In March of 2011 after I had hacked and dug to exhaustion, I hired my Amish nieghbor, Delilah, to help finish the transformation of this plot into a small herb garden.
We finished excavating the soil down to a depth of about 15 inches, put down landscape fabric, and mixed some good 'dirt' in before replacing and leveling the soil.
I moved sage plants which had been over-whelmed in the perennial border, divided lemon thyme, and moved in some lemon balm I found growing at the side of the house.
I divided Lambs Ears and placed it in the center as a focal point and to contribute silver color amongst the shades of green.
Along the cement wall I planted ajuga, also moved from an over-grown existing planting along the carport.
A division of nepeta and a decorative oregano were placed in the dry back corner.
The only plants bought specifically for this venture were several small pots of creeping thyme and three starts of lavender vera.
1 April, 2012, taken after an early evening rain.
4 April, 2012.
Thyme has billowed over the edge of the planting onto the cement carport ramp.
Johnny-jump-ups [viola tricolor] have self-seeded here and there.
By 25 May it has become evident that Lambs Ears has taken over the lower end of the garden, shading out the stepping stones and the creeping thyme in that area, crowding the sage plants.