Spring is springing up all over the southeast. It’s days like this that don’t make me miss New York living, ya know?
Since the light has been pouring in the back side of our house, I took it upon myself to create a little herb garden. I’ve never done it before, so I thought I’d start small–didn’t want to plant too much that would either a)die or b)not get used.
I’ve got 2 herbs, cilantro and basil. They’re my favorite and most-commonly-used herbs. I cook a lot of “ethnic” foods (Indian, Thai, Moroccan, Mexican) that require boatloads of cilantro. And basil is perfect for spring/summer. It’s light and fresh and delicious.
Are you one of those people that thinks cilantro tastes like soap? I’M SORRY! Check out more information via the NY Times about that here!
We happen to LOVE it. I order a side of it in restaurants. I put it all over my food and salad. Cilantro is by far my favorite herb, and is not always cheap. So when I decided to venture into the herb-gardening world (okay, it’s not a huge venture…it’s actually
pretty REALLY easy), I knew I had to have cilantro. Two weeks in and check us out!
How do you start a herb garden? Well there’s about 8 million posts about it on Pinterest, and some really cute displays…
and this one….
…but we’re simpletons when it comes to our garden, so we won’t do anything permanent or long-term until we know that we’ve got usable, edible herbs in our garden (ie. once we know we can do it without killing them).
So for now, I’ve got two pots on my kitchen windowsill, and that’s working for us. I bought seeds. I planted them about 3/4 in. under the soil. And I water the soil when it looks dry. (One pot has a drainage hole so it gets more watering, the other doesn’t, so I try to be sure not to over-water it). Place in a sunny spot. Wait. Wait. Watch. And hopefully, pluck and eat! I’ll keep you posted!
Cost of my first-time herb garden? About $2.
Pots: FREE. Already had both of them
Dirt: FREE. Already had potting soil.
So, need a little spring DIY project? Plant an indoor herb garden! Super cheap and easy (so far). Anyone have advice for a first timer? Let me know!