I have never had a green thumb. Growing up, my dad had a green thumb – the greenest one in town! He grew vegetables, planted flowers, we had red roses in our garden, and he still loves gardening. It is therapeutic for him and he enjoys it. I used to despise it because I did not want to get my hands dirty. Lately though as I pay $2.99 here and $3.25 there for simple herbs that I love to cook with like Basil, Mint, and Oregano, I have opted to try my hand at an herb garden in my bay window that I have available in my kitchen. It gets good sun exposure in the mornings, and I can peel off a basil leaf and cook right there! Ah, so convenient, ah… all so scary. I swore a long time to never to bring living things into my home. I used to kill plants all the time when I lived alone and generally I keep my plants at work but even there they are not doing well.
But recently I grew some marigolds and zinnias and it went alright so I think, why not grow something you can eat and see if it works. So, I went by a local gardening store and man, the options were endless! I thought of planting seeds but with herbs it is almost better to start off with a plant – it reduces your chances of screwing things up big time. I also picked up some potting soil, and some plant food to help things along and hopefully keep them alive. I am so excited about this new project because if it works, I am tempted to do a vegetable garden and grow tomatoes, ginger, cabbage, lettuce, and other things I can eat. Of course, I will need a well-covered area with barbed wire for that since the squirrels and wildlife in my backyard are rampant. Shhh.. don’t tell my husband of this grand plans yet- he just pulled weeds and was not happy.
Up top you can see the Sweet Basil plant. Everything smells so darn good too! I just want to start cooking already. To the left is a mint plant because we love to make virgin mojitos, and mint is so yummy in chai tea. Then, in the 3-planter set you can see to the left Oregano and yes it smells quite good – is it Italian night yet? And, to the right is Sage. I love sage in Italian food and you can even use it some Indian dishes.
In any case, it is an experiment and one that I hope succeeds. Only time will tell but all I can do is try right? I often joked like the character Carrie Bradshaw did in a Sex and the City episode when Aidan brought a plant into her apartment since they moved in together. “The man brought a living thing into my home. I mean – come on!” That is how I used to be but I am hoping to break the spell of bad luck with house plants by seeing this herb garden flourish.
Oh, and readers, there is room for one more small herb plant in the middle planter- do you have a suggestion? What herb or plant do you recommend in the middle? What is your favorite herb of all? Please do share. I’d love to plant one more if this works out.