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Epic Herb Fail

So…I admit it, sometimes I’m having a bad day, or I’m hormonal or I’m just a moody bitch. This past Monday, all three aligned to occur at once and when I saw the little black flying bugs on my herbs, I acted before I thought.   It’s not something that I do regularly anymore, but Monday was such an epic fail of a day that it was the basil leaf that broke the camel’s back.

Little black, flying bugs I hate you.  Between them and the outrageously hot July, it was getting tough keeping them misted enough, watering them enough but not too much and just overall keeping them alive and happy.  So before I could even think about, the herbs…dead and alive…were relegated to that herb garden in the sky.

That sound you hear is the broken heart of a green thumb.  So…once I got down feeling sorry for myself and my herbs, I did a little research and found out how to kill the little boogers, getting some good info in the process.  Why did I not do this beforehand, please see paragraph one. If I have one regret about this, it is acting before I thought it through. But we all get to do that sometimes in life and this was my moment. Hey, I could be sitting here, lying to you about it. Telling you the mythical herb God came down from the mountains of Herbacia and took my herbs as his yearly sacrifice, all the while cackling. Enjoying my heartfelt and bereft screams to him..”Not my herbs, you bitch!” but no, I told the truth.  I had heat, black flying bugs and a terrible, no good, bad day.

So…where does that leave us? Well, it leave us with a little more room in the kitchen and a new plan. I am one of those people who tends to dive in at the deep end (swimming metaphors are weird when you don’t swim) with things. If I don’t know how to do something, I tend to pick something overly complicated to start. Yes, I just make things more difficult. With gardening, I already have a green thumb, I’ve already grown things and I’ve already tested my abilities so I figured the more, the better.  Well no, maybe not in this case. I am going to take a step back and start small. I am going to grow basil and MAYBE one other herb, but definitely basil to start. I had the best luck with it. I am going to do a little research, take some notes and start again.

It’s not failing that makes us who we are, most people fail at some point. And at some point, we all have to fall on our sword a bit. What makes us who we are is what we do once we fail. It’s ok to go off and lick your wounds for a short time, but you can’t let it beat you.  I have faith in my ability to grow things and I have faith in my ability to pick myself, clean the potting soil out from under my fingernails and start again.  I am going to master one herb, then the next. And believe me when I tell you, I will master them.

Good news is I do have a good amount of basil to work with now. I was able to get some chives, sage, cilantro and parsley out of the deal before it all went south. So, I know it can be done. So,  HERBS: MACH 2 (electric boogalo) is coming to a blog near you!

IN MEMORIAM

My herbs in happier days…

Herb-a-licious!

Herb-tastic, even. So…I have herbs. Ok, I should really say that I have greenery because they haven’t fully sprouted yet, although a few are going gangbusters.

After about a week, less actually, we had some growth in the Tarragon and the Chives. After another day, the basil started sprouting. This is the Basil by itself and the seeds I threw in with the Basil plant I already had going (and I wish they’d had Sage seedlings when I went because I would have liked to do the same thing with the Sage plant.  Following that it was the Oregano, Cilantro and Parsley.

Herby!

See?  The beginnings of something great! What worried me was the Rosemary. It was proving to be a bit shy and wasn’t doing much of anything. This would make me the saddest of the sad because my favorite herb is Rosemary and were it not to grow, I would take it very personally. But, as luck would have it…bit of a slow grower.

Rosemary...thank the herb goddess!

So, not much yet…but it’s getting there. Very very very slowly.  Ok, well I knew this wouldn’t be an overnight sensation of herb-acity! (Yes, I can work in a lot more of these so be careful about how you tread in the comments mein leiblings).

So, today I pruned the basil plant back by grabbing some of the leaves and I’ll use them tomorrow for something. But the thing was about to tip so I figured it was good timing. Did the same with the Sage and fried it up (I cannot tell you how fantastical Sage is when you fry it up in a bit of olive oil) with some Polenta cakes (don’t get excited, I bought a package of organic Polenta from Trader Joe’s, I didn’t make it myself).  So, I had some leafy greenness!

Happiness is a fully grown herb!

Check out my 1970s counter top! You should see the fake wood paneling on my walls. No, I’m not kidding. Yes, I wish I was.

But I can hear you, my gentle readers, saying “The Hell?! Where be photos of the growth? Those herbs are lovely but you didn’t grow them sister, show us the goods!” And so…I shall and remember, patience is a virtue as I have a world of bad puns at my disposal and I am not afraid to use them.

Let’s break it down…going from left to right. The two at the very left are Rosemary. I hope by putting them together, they will compete to grow the fastest.   Next to them, Cilantro in the back (which is something people either love or hate. I love it) and  sweet Basil in front of it. You can never have enough Basil. Really.  Next door to them is Parsley and in front of him, if you couldn’t tell, Chives.   I suspect that is what is going to have to be replanted first. They’re leaning a bit as you can see and what was interesting is that they were leaning into the Sun.  Next, Oregano in the back and then Tarragon, looking startlingly like each other.

A few more snaps!

Basil Plant with some growth and herb-lings!

Ok kiddos…there we are, about 2 weeks out and we have growth! It’s always good to know that the skills you think you have do show themselves!

 

No Garden, no problem!

I live in an apartment. I’ve pretty much always lived in apartments and this tends to make gardening a bit difficult. Our last apartment, we had a sizeable back deck and we planted the hell out of it. The fella built me lattice work and wooden railings to which we affixed window boxes. We had flowers, plants and vegetables.  It was something we both got a lot of enjoyment out of. When we moved, we gained more space for living and way less for gardening.  But we’ve always, at least, had houseplants.  This is the kitchen, as you can see…a veritable see of green. We like photosynthesis!

Yay for plants!

You see that Christmasy looking plant. That was wee when the fella bought and thanks to the tender loving care of mom and I, it is now huge.  We’ve got the thumbs of green in my family.  We also still have a poinsettia that we’ve managed to keep alive (mostly mom) and it is NOW starting to get red leaves again, I shit you not.   So, all this to say…I like to grow things and I don’t have a lot of room.

So, I like to garden and I like to eat…so…so…I think to myself “Herb Garden!” Because really…I need another hobby like I need a hole in my head, but once I start down a path, I jump in with both feet, in the deep end. Shallow end is for sissies. Also, swimming analogies are way more ironic when you really don’t swim. But what is a metaphor between friends.

Herb-tastic!

So, the above is Sweet Basil, Sage and Fern Dill, which I bought specifically because I liked how it looked and this plant looked a little sad and lonely and in need of some love.  These are just to start off and give me something use now, which I have. The basil was used on a little tortilla pizza I made earlier in the week.  It was very tasty and it smells divine.  My hope is that my brand spanking new basil plant will follow suit.

But since buying them already grown is not really the point, seedlings abound! Rosemary, Chives, Garlic Chives (which I didn’t use), Cilantro, Oregano, Parsley, Tarragon and more Sweet Basil.

Seedlings!

So, the pots are biodegradable and once they are ready to be planted in larger containers, they can go with the herbs.  Pretty handy. I hope. In a funny twist of fate, I opted to not use the tray ones above and used slightly bigger separate ones.   And yes, two Rosemary packets, it is my favorite herb. And no, no thyme…it makes me ill actually. And yes, I am sure it is tasty but I am not going to grow something I’m not going to use. No point there.

And so…we begin.

Rosemary for rememberance

And in the end, for now…we have this!

Ta Da!

I wrote the names on them so I could keep track of what everything is as it’s growing before it truly spouts leaves. This way, I can see what is working well and what might not be working quite as well.  When they grow (and I mean, when…not if, I am optimistic! And possibly delusional, which is another story), I will be able to tell by look and smell, but for now, this is a good way for me to keep track of things. And if you don’t think I would have a detailed schematic of a garden, you don’t know how type A I can truly get about some things.

I even re-planted the other 3 herbs in big girl pots, so they know they can stay with me permanently! I had some Basil seedlings left so I put them in with the Basil plant because…well, why the hell not? Let’s run her up the flagpole and see how she flies.

And why tell you? Well, because this is a blog and that is what you do but also because I plan to document my experience in herb-dom here and it’s best I warn you all in advance. Don’t say I never gave you anything.

So…from me and my herbs…adieu!

The line-up!