As I’ve mentioned before, I live in an apartment, so I’m a little short on real estate. I don’t even have a tiny postage stamp yard to dig up and plant a garden in, much less rows upon rows of veggies. However, I am lucky enough to have a front patio of sorts with its own sidewalk, partial sun, and a desire for fresh herbs.
Herbs were a natural pick for me. They are fairly hardy, do not require as much water, like partial shade to lots of sun, grow just fine in containers, and can be brought inside when the weather turns cold. Also, I could walk outside and snip what I needed rather than buying that two dollar bundle of parsley and wasting half of it or spilling water in the fridge when I inevitably knocked over the mug of water I had placed them in on the top shelf. Another reason is I liked the idea of growing something that was both pretty and useful. Oh, and did I mention that herbs add flavor without adding salt or calories? Both those attributes are very handy.
Some of my herbs have fared better than others. My basil, parsley, and one of my rosemary plants have had a tough time of it. My parents bought them for me back in March and left them in their original containers until I finally made it home for a visit. I re-potted and whisked them off to Lubbock, re-potting them again a few weeks later. As a result the basil has a few incredibly woody stems, the parsley has a woody base with sprigs coming off it almost like it was tied into a bouquet, and the rosemary has been diligently growing taller but with no additional branches.
My other herbs include chives (great over scrambled eggs or potato soup), oregano, another rosemary, mints (orange, peppermint, and some other type I’m not sure about), cilantro (seeded and died recently), and winter thyme. I had a lemon balm for all of three days. Bugs decided to eat every one of its leaves and leave the other plants alone.
I also had one lone tomato plant (which I let die recently after it gave me a total of 4 cherry tomatoes) and still have a Vitex aka Chaste Tree or Texas Lilac that someone gave me. I’m thinking the tomato plant did not get enough sun since it was in a partial shade all of the time. The not-at-all-edible Vitex, however, has done fine so far, and I’ve re-potted it once.
Overall I’ve enjoyed my little garden and look forward to cooking with it more in the future. Have you or are you interested in a herb garden?
Note: On the same day I took these pictures, I had just gotten another basket of local, organic produce from From the Garden which is situated on our outdoor table. They seemed too pretty not to be in the background of some of the pics at least.