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Indoor Garden

May 7, 2014

After a harsh winter, I wasn’t sure if our little mint patch, my first attempt at gardening at the B.A.B., would reappear. Can you kill mint? I’d like to think that I have some gardening skills, but if I can’t grow mint, I’d have to rethink that claim. This patch did get a late start and the ‘soil’ in the patch could best be described as ‘mostly gravel with broken glass accents’. Located between the alley, the building and the sidewalk, it could have been salted out of existence. Not that the city salts the roads, though. Why spend money on something that will eventually melt on its own, only three months later. It’s not like we needed to go to work for that week in January, right? But I digress.

In early March, I piled on mulch as protection against our usual late winter heavy wet snow, anticipating our annual false Spring. This happens most years just as the daffodils and flowering trees start to open up. That is my version of horror film audience participation- No! Little flower don’t come out! Stay back! Obviously, I don’t go to horror movies. We were lucky this year, late snow-wise, but it stayed cold much later than usual. I repeatedly checked the patch, looking for any green minty sprouts. Then, multiple mint sprouts appeared! I planted the one mint plant in the middle of the patch last year so I was checking in the middle of the patch. The sprouts showed up all around the perimeter, none in the middle. It is like the mint was trying to escape the crappy soil.

Mint sprouts!

Mint sprouts!

After this herbal success, I was emboldened to expand our herbal experiment. Culinary herbs, that is. Tom was tired of my rants about spending money on the limited variety of wilted herb clumps at the supermarket. Really- $2.50 for a few sprigs of limp chives?  I was starting to eye the onion grass in the empty lots.

We now have an indoor herb garden. It includes basil, chives, sage, thyme, dill, rosemary, parsley and savory. Or, to paraphrase a famous song, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme and Other Stuff. Savory is terrific with vegetables and in soups, but is difficult to find in the grocery store. We had some old pots that I moved up to the second floor, filled with potting soil and the new little plants. The pots are positioned in our large south-facing windows. It is a start. I enjoyed working with little plants and getting gardening dirt under my fingernails again.

Our indoor herb garden

Our indoor herb garden

I have one less thing to complain about, so at least there is that.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Maurine Pruchnicki permalink
    July 22, 2014 8:38 am

    Good morning, Sue and Tom, thanks for getting me back into the blog. I re-subscribed so I should be back in the loop. I enjoyed your herb garden blog why not include some of the recipes you use them in a future blog. My herbs are flourishing this year because this year we are having such scorching hot weather. I will envy your good window space come winter however, ours don’t fill the bill. Mom
    p.s. Should I forward the newspaper clippings of you and your 4-H gardening exploits?

    • Sue permalink*
      July 22, 2014 2:01 pm

      How much will not posting my 4-H exploits cost me? I try to keep the depth of my geekiness out of the public arena!

  2. janet peterson permalink
    May 7, 2014 10:37 pm

    Wow….How cool. The plants look so good. Congrats. I have often thought about doing some herbs inside also. Nothing like the “fresh’ ones that you grow. But I agree with you Sue, that the ones in the grocery store are always bad looking.


    Janet xxxoooxxx

    • Sue permalink*
      May 8, 2014 5:20 pm

      Thanks Janet! We’ll let you know how it progresses.

  3. May 7, 2014 10:03 pm

    Sue – Congrats! Wonderful – looks like a great basil crop! Pretty soon you’ll be wanting some of my rocks back!

    • Sue permalink*
      May 8, 2014 5:21 pm

      I think we still have plenty of interesting rocks- we have big plans for the future roof garden!

  4. Susan permalink
    May 7, 2014 9:49 am

    Nice 🙂 And the critters can’t eat them. Our Basil and various Pepper plants have suffered the wrath of various varmints this year 😦

    • Sue permalink*
      May 7, 2014 10:02 am

      Has Mike retired from the varmint reduction plan?

  5. rick peterson permalink
    May 7, 2014 8:27 am

    So, I guess we need to start calling you “farmerette Sue ” ?

    • Sue permalink*
      May 7, 2014 8:36 am

      Should I post my 4-H credentials?


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