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I Never Promised You An Herb Garden

One of the things on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days that I achieved last year was to make an herb garden for my balcony. But “make” in that case actually meant “buy a premade one and put it on my balcony”. Now, don’t get me wrong – it was a lovely herb garden that I got at Granville Island and it was a great deal – $13 for 5 different herbs! And while I enjoyed cooking with those herbs, the winter was not kind to them (nor was my neglect) and so now that the weather has warmed up enough for me to want to be on my balcony again, I decided to actually make an herb garden this year. Where “make” means “buy some plants, buy some dirt, buy some containers, and then put said dirt and plants in said containers”. And here is what I made:

My new herb garden

My new herb garden

This year’s herbs include:

  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • marjoram
  • sage
  • oregano
  • basil
  • chives
  • cilantro
  • and a jalapeño plant

I made this three weekends ago and I’ve already made roasted potatoes with fresh rosemary; pasta sauce with fresh rosemary, thyme, marjoram, sage, oregano, and basil; guacamole with fresh cilantro; and scrambled eggs with the chives a couple of times!

My new herb garden

My new herb garden
My new herb garden

My new herb garden

My new herb garden

My new herb garden

My new herb garden

My new herb garden

My new herb garden

Several of the plants have grown significantly since I took those photos (especially the marjoram, the cilantro, and the jalapeño plant, but the basil is not looking so hot. If anyone has tips on growing basil, let me know!

I think I’d like to also get a tomato plant, and maybe some parsley. Plus, I need to investigate a thing I learned about recently: a potato barrel.

I’m going to try to be more diligent in taking care of my herb garden this year. Speaking of which, I know that I need to water it regularly in the summer, but does anyone know what I should do to keep it alive over the winter?

2 Responses to I Never Promised You An Herb Garden

  1. Lynn Griffin says:

    Basil needs lots of sunshine to do well and it needs to be watered more often in the hotter weather – also pinch the blooms off when they start – you do not want it to flower. I grew potatoes in a large pot last year by planting potatoes that had sprouted – either use little potatoes or quarter larger potatoes. I was surprised at the potato crop and the yield – am going to start them earlier this year as mine were baby potatoes.
    Wintering your herb garden usually means bringing it indoors as potted herbs don’t winter well outdoors but it may be different on the West Coast. Chives, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, and Parsley are the herbs that do well indoors during the winter season. Put your plants where they will get the most sun and keep moist. Don’t let them touch the window glass as the cold transmits to the plants and may damage them…

  2. Beth says:

    Thanks, Aunty Lynn! That’s super helpful!

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