Posts Tagged 'basil'

This Is Mint, Right?

It looks like two different things based on the baby ones, but I swear the tiny ones came from a mint packet (they’re at least sprouting where I put the mint packet seeds, I will not say correlation is causation) and the big stuff smells like mint.  Point is, is this going to end badly?

Here’s what has been growing in the pot, along with some new shoots:

mint

And here are the new shoots on the other side of the pot that might be from the mint seeds I planted a couple weeks ago:

maybe mint

I don’t know what to think.

The basil is doing well, so I’ll hold on to that.

new basil

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I Still Have a Garden

At least until Nature has her way and drowns everything.  We’ve gotten three or four days of heavy rains here, and my plants are getting soggy and depressed. 

soggy plants

But look!

basil growingThe basil is doing pretty well.  Album of progress is here, but those pictures are already three days out of date.  In between, I went to the Eco-City Summit and my brother’s college graduation in West Virginia.  I’ll post about the Summit tomorrow- still gathering thoughts on that (and my notes must be somewhere around here).  But the graduation, that was cool.  Nicely done, little brother.  Although I thought you were kidding when you threatened to buy a gigantic SUV after school, to cancel out my little hybrid.  Gah. 

My Lavender Might Be Alive

Baby Lavender

It’s the greenish smudge in the middle. I’d read a lot about the difficulty of growing lavender from seed, and my soil isn’t draining well at all (lavender loves to drain!), so I had despaired. But something’s come up. Only one baby lavender, from about 20 seeds, but that’s ok, it’s a start.

Last night, I soaked peas, basil, and a few more climbing guys (which allegedly go nicely with morning glories), and I planted them tonight. soaking seeds

Hopefully their pots will drain better- I filled the bottoms with gravel to give the base some breathing room. Gravel was collected from a defunct water fountain and the side of the road, on my way home (Yes, I washed my hands after, mom). I did have to purchase dirt yesterday, though, which is the most ignominious part of urban gardening. Hypothetically, I could steal it from a public green space in the dead of night, but that’s not fair to my neighbors. Plus it’d be full of puppy doo and broken glass.

HD sells both organic and non-organic dirt!  Well, I got potting soil, but they had “regular dirt” of both kinds too.  I bought the non-organic kind, but I’m wondering the impact of growing vegetables and herbs in it, since it’s got the chemical fertilizers and such.  I’ve got enough for a while, and I won’t waste good dirt, but I should read up more on it and make a more informed decision next time I obtain some. Also, bags of dirt are surprisingly heavy, and I’d like to thank the nice man at Home Depot on 236 who helped me get mine into the car Tuesday afternoon.

(The morning glories and chives are still growing too!)

chives day 8morning glories day 8


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