Mowing the Oregano Photo Essay

As Dr. X suggests, D.C. Sessions’ talk about “mowing the oregano” sounds like a euphemism for an obscene act. But if photos are to be believed, he may actually have oregano in his garden (although I have never before heard of mowing it). Here is his garden, with an amount of sun of which I am, at this point in the year, unabashedly jealous.20140406_171205
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It’s still too soon for outdoor gardening here in Michigan, but a couple of weeks ago I started some tomatos, cukes and peppers in a nifty little indoor greenhouse I bought at the local garden center. I may have started a bit too soon.
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But as a last sign of what a wacky winter it’s been, our local photographer extrordinaire Lad Strayer snapped this shot of a loon on a local lake, well outside it’s normal range.
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Johanna and I drove by, and although we had to park illegally and stand out in a cold drizzle, we counted three loons, the first she’d ever seen.

Life is strange, but good.

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6 Responses to Mowing the Oregano Photo Essay

  1. D. C. Sessions says:

    You might not envy that sunshine so much if you had to deal with the temperatures that go with it. Highs this week will be flirting with 100F, overnight lows in the 70s. We’re enjoying the cool while it lasts because before long it’ll be getting hot.

    FYI the photos are, top to bottom:
    tomatoes growing in one of the compost piles (we have to water them anyway, and in the meantime they’re the deepest richest planting soil we have. High nitrogen, too.) A little hard to see but there’s a small green tomato in center field.
    A climbing tomato on a south-facing wall. It’s already borne a few edible fruit, but won’t really get going for a while. It’s a wild variety that actually likes the summers here. The pale broad-leafed plants at the foot of the wall are Armenian cucumbers. They’re just getting started because the weather’s been too cool for them until this week (last week the highs were in the 80s and the lows in the upper 50s.)
    The oregano. Yes, it really is. We have to do something with it because otherwise it will take over the whole garden (it’s a member of the mint family. ‘Nuff said.) Well, except for the rosemary, the wild tomatos, and the tomatillos. Barely visible upper left are some of the chili peppers; lots more to the left. The established ones are bearing fruit, the new ones are just setting first fruits now. I should get one decent crop of chilis in and smoked before I sell the place.

  2. D. C. Sessions says:

    Crap. Looks like bulleted list markup doesn’t work.
    New bullets at “tomatoes,” “A climbing tomato,” and “The oregano.”

  3. D. C. Sessions says:

    BTW: loons seem to like wintering here, both in the valleys and in the mountains. This is a good thing, because the eagles eat them. This both feeds the eagles and keeps the stinking loon population under control.

    It was kind of strange a couple of winters ago to see several loons frozen hard into a mountain lake where they’d put off leaving for lower altitudes a bit too long.

  4. J@m3z Aitch says:

    I like loons. But…eagles eat them? Aren’t eagles primarily scavengers?

  5. D. C. Sessions says:

    [Facepalm] I was thinking coots. No loons here.

    However, eagles aren’t by any means exclusively scavengers. They hunt — I’ve watched them going after rabbits, seen them catching fish, etc. Not to mention coots, but since coots are gastronomically very close to roadkill that’s not saying much.

  6. J@m3z Aitch says:

    Coots makes more sense, but I respect you enough I wasn’t quite willing to call you out on the loon business!

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