Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Planting a Little Garden

I've been dying to plant a garden for the last year, and my desire only increased with the announcement of the White House garden. I love my apartment (truly), but there's no space for a garden outside. I really want a huge garden full of lettuces, tomatoes, peppers, squash, and the like, but that isn't possible right now so Charlie and I decided to plant a little herb garden in the sunroom. Last Saturday we traipsed to our local Ace Hardware (only a few blocks away) and picked up a few plants. We plopped them in pots, watered them, and placed them in the windowsill. They were beautiful! Here's what we have:
  • 2 tomato plants (actually on our tiny patio AKA fire escape off the kitchen)
  • basil
  • dill
  • coriander
  • cayenne pepper
  • mint
  • oregano
  • rosemary (a gift from my Mom about a month ago)
  • lavender

Everything looked just great the first day. In fact, the plants looked so good that we moved a few into the living room window sill. It was so pleasant opening the front door and seeing the little pots in the window, but when we returned from work yesterday we were met with a sad little discovery. Everything was droopy. Very droopy. So....back to the sunroom they went! Charlie and I are hoping that it was the air conditioned air that made the plants droop (and not some other failure on our part).

We've already used a few basil leaves in our cooking, and it was so great snipping them off the plant! If all goes well we will have fresh herbs galore this summer and our cooking will be the better for it!


  1. Dill is my absolute favorite herb. I can never get enough of it's wonderful smell and flavor.

    The newly potted herbs might droop a bit more regularly while they ground their 'feet' and get used to the new pots. They should strengthen up soon.

  2. Good to hear! They already look a little happier in their pots. :)

  3. If plants are drooping they usually have been over or under watered. Good luck with the garden.