Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Window Herb Garden, Year 2

Last year's inaugural Window Herb Garden went fairly well. Despite never ever having cared for a plant in my life, I managed to not kill all of my charges. I would say I probably only murdered the thyme, and that was an accident. So, based on the fact that I have a stellar 4-1 record with plant life (and possibly because Anna will be around more this summer, so I'm not the sole caregiver), we decided to be a little more ambitious with the plant selection.

If you know as little about plants as I do, click on the photo, as it'll take you to the flickr photo page where I labeled everything... but that's a lot of little basil plants, sage, mint, oregano, rosemary, and the dreaded thyme... though this time a creeping variety, that will hopefully be a little hardier. We forgot to get parsley, but that'll be rectified by next week.

I'm more confident that they'll survive than I was on the first effort, but honestly, our kitchen window doesn't get a whole lot of sunlight... so expecting them to "thrive" is probably too optimistic. Though one thing I didn't notice until I looked at the picture from last year is that the plants we bought from the Farmer's Market were a lot bigger than the ones we just picked up from Pemberton Farms. Is that good or bad? I'm not really sure, but it will at least allow us to try to cut back the basil so that it grows out instead of up. Maybe our plants will learn from a young age to survive on a meager diet of sunlight instead of being suddenly starved in adulthood? Or maybe they're all delicate and vulnerable and will all die in a week. Time will tell!