Herb adventure

I have never grown things, unless you count mold in the refrigerator. But I’ve been wanting to try herb gardening on my wee balcony, and today I finally took the plunge. After being completely overwhelmed at a local nursery, I headed over to Armstrong Garden Center (thanks for the rec, Greg!) where I found a woman willing to walk me through the basics. She helped me pick out herbs and pots, told me how to replant them, talked to me about drainage and fertilizer and pest control.

Here, in their repotted glory, are my new herbs:

My new herb garden

(I ran out of soil on the basil. Sorry, basil!)

The bad news is that the pots ended up being too tall for the cheap IKEA gardening shelf I’d acquired, so I will have to find shallower plants for that. I would also like to find an affordable way to raise these herb pots up three or four feet so they help block my view of the street. Suggestions welcome.

So, who wants to guess the plants? I think they’re all pretty obvious except maybe the one on the right.


Greg van Eekhout 6 years ago .

Drainage, fertilizer, and pest control? Okay, you have just become my designated expert.

    Jenn Reese 6 years ago .

    I’m fairly certain I will over-water all of them and they’ll be dead within a month. You may want to reconsider.

stina 6 years ago .

cinder blocks and wooden planks are your friend. you can work them like leggos, and you can paint them. ;)

    Jenn Reese 6 years ago .

    You, my friend, are a genius! I haven’t used the ol’ cinder block-and-plank technique since college and had totally forgotten about it.

Philip Brewer 6 years ago .

The one on the far right would be catnip, I think.

    Jenn Reese 6 years ago .

    You are correct, sir! Couldn’t leave my little furry dudes out of the herb fun.

Shelley 6 years ago .

Catnip, rosemary, chives, basil, something and oregano?

    Jenn Reese 6 years ago .

    The “something” is dill, and the one on the far left is yerba buena — mint!

      Shelley 6 years ago .

      Ah, mint. I have started throwing fresh dill into my salads. Very tasty addition, especially with yogurt-based dressings.

        Jenn Reese 6 years ago .

        I love dill — I love eating it by itself sometimes, too.

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