I wish I had a green thumb and could grow gorgeous and tasty vegetables and herbs in my beautiful garden, but, alas, I have a black thumb and not a lot of space. So this summer, I am trying an experiment – can I grow herbs on my deck? Can I be a gardener… a champion of plants… and join the ‘green thumb club’?
I wanted to start this off right, so a month ago I went to Figaro’s Garden, the local, independent (and cutest) garden centre. I picked organic herbs and the best potting soil – chocolate for plants.
Since this is an experiment, I mostly reused old plant pots… so it’s not as pretty as it could be. (I think I will invest in nicer pots if this all works out.)
Here’s the nine-member 2012 herb team:
Italian Parsley, Lemon Thyme, French Thyme, Greek Oregano, Hot n Spicy Oregano, Dill, Genovese Basil, Sorrel (twins) and Peppermint.
So far it’s been interesting… I started the Oreganos in a rectangle pot but Hot n Spicy was too strong and Greek suffered. So they were transplanted. Greek Oregano isn’t looking so good, but I think there’s a chance for some rebirth.
Genovese Basil was 2 weeks late to the game, so it has a disadvantage, along with the disadvantage of such a cool summer here in Vancouver.
I planted the Sorrel twins in the same pot (because I ran out of pots during the planting frenzy) and one is bigger than the other… I think they are turning into Siamese twins, so instead of separating them, I’ll be sending them to a bigger area (ie: transplanting to a bigger pot).
Next update in a couple of weeks.
©Marlis Funk 2012