Sunday, 14 September 2014

30 Before 30 Update - Plant (and Keep Alive) a Herb Garden


Happy Sunday Noobs!  I wanted to write a quick weekend post to let you know that I have ticked another task from my 30 before 30 list - planting (and keeping alive) a herb garden.  I have had my little herbs growing on my balcony for the last few weeks and, as you can see from the photo, they are very much alive.

I had originally wondered at the beginning if planting each herb in individual pots was cheating, since it's not technically a "garden", but I think that it has actually helped with my success.  I'm a small-space dweller and having the herbs in their individual pots made them much more portable - letting me rearrange them when friends were over and on the balcony (no accidental knocking over of herbs) , or to bring the plants indoors when the weather outside took a frigid dip.  Another benefit of the individual pots is that my balcony herb garden is easily converted into the indoors once the frosty weather really hits.

My poor herb garden was not without it's casualties.  I had a cilantro plant that wasn't able to recover from three shrimp-taco nights in a row.  Lesson learned: do not over pluck an herb plant - it will not survive.  Other than that one small mishap, I was just diligent to water the plants everyday and made sure they were able to receive plenty of sun without being in direct sunlight.  Simple enough, and now I have a great, healthy way to add lots of flavour to my recipes!

I'm trucking along, one task at a time.  Which one do you think that I should try to tackle next?

xo Joëlle
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  1. Looks great! You should definitely tackle yoga next ;)

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    1. Thanks Kris! I've scoped out a yoga studio thats right near my place, and am planning on joining right after Italy - I'll need it!

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  2. This looks so lovely! And no, it's not cheating to give each plant its own pot ;) I can't wait to have my own herb garden. It's just that I manage to kill every plant the comes inside my house, including cactuses.

    BTW, I love the idea of your 30 before 30 so much that I have contemplated stealing the idea. I think it's a great way to prepare for being a serious grown-up (or something)... now that I'm 26, the seriousness and adultness is coming terribly close!

    xox Sabrina

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    1. Steal away! I LOVE reading other 30 before 30 lists, and it has definitely motivated me to get my butt in gear ;)

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  3. i love how these plants are in a pink pot! <3

    xoxo, rae
    http://www.raellarina.net/

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    1. Thanks! I love the pink against the green of the herbs as well!

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  4. Omg! Please do a post where you give step-by-step instructions on how to set up said herb garden as I've tried (kept in their respective pots.. possibly good idea to re-pot instead?) and.... the only one that's still alive and thriving is the basil.... -.- I've had about 3-4 different cilantro plants and... they do not survive. Possibly also due to some missed days of watering... >_<

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