Tuesday, June 05, 2007

What's That On My Thumb?

Nooooo. Is it? What? Could it possibly be? Why, yes, I think that is a bit of green on the end of my thumb! Despite the fact that the Green Thumb gene is absent from my DNA, I seem to have overcome my disability, at least partly.

My herbs are thriving. My dill plant is about a foot tall. My basil plants are sprouting so many leaves that I'm making up recipes just to use it. My cilantro just bushed out today, and my parsley--while it seems to be taking a little bit longer to "establish"--is starting to send out new leaves, too.

And today, I purchased and planted two tomato plants: Romas for sauce and drying, and Beefsteaks for sandwiches and salads. Did you know that some tomatoes can do well in pots? It's amazing what you can grow in containers. I never thought I'd be able to grow vegetables in my tiny back yard. But it turns out you can grow lettuce, peppers, cucumbers, squash, broccoli, eggplant, beans and even carrots. I'm already planning next year's container garden.

That's if I succeed at getting these tomatoes to grow and produce. If not, I might decide to stick to the fail-safe herb garden. We'll see what the summer brings.

3 comments:

nejyerf said...

are you going to dry the herbs?

my sister does that. and has them all winter long.

you should try some mint too.

Betsy said...

Parsley takes FOREVER and doesn't always work. I tried it once. I think I got about 2 sprigs off of it.
But the other stuff sounds great- especially the basil. Yummy.

smtwngrl said...

Jen - I'll probably end up drying some of the herbs, although I'm trying to use them as much as possible while they're fresh because I already have tons of dried herbs. I thought about mint, but can't seem to find any starter plants around any more. Next year for sure, though.

Betsy - Thanks for letting me know that. I might have thought it was my fault. This isn't the first time I've failed at parsley. I'm REALLY enjoying the basil, dill and cilantro, though. And I can't wait to make pesto!

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