Back in January, I received this lovely package of Garden Bon Bons from my brother and sister in-law. At the time, I was excited by the prospect of planting them, but I was patient for spring; enjoying our snowy winter. Fast forward to the eve of April and I am no longer patient for spring and all of it's gardening adventures. I am anxious to free the yard of the decaying leaves, fallen twigs and branches to expose all the new growth underneath. I may have started seeds in my kitchen a tad too early, also. The sunflowers I planted have to make it at least another month before I can even consider planting them outside.
Seeing how leggy my sunflowers are getting, I made sure to wait a little longer before I placed these little bon bons in their peat pots. Although they look good enough to eat, they are "candy for planting - not eating!" The bon bons pictured here are seeds rolled in rich compost and clay; then dusted in natural pesticides, like coffee, cinnamon and pepper. The eight pictured here are part of the culinary basil collection. Thanks to the thoughtfulness of family, the four types of basil I will be adding to my garden this year are: Italian Leaf, Cinnamon, Thai and Mrs. Burns' Lemon Basil. As I write this, I am imagining the plates of fresh basil, tomato and mozzarella layered joyously with balsamic vinaigrette or the pesto made possible because of four varieties of basil! I can smell the the aroma now....
So, is it any wonder that I have garden fever?
Sure, I could go to the grocery store and buy some basil, but I think it tastes better because my hand will have nurtured these plants from start to...well, dinner.