Life List: Grown an Herb Garden

Every week or two I throw hunks of parsley and cilantro in the garbage. And then I buy more. Until grocery stores come around to my way of thinking and start selling herbs one sprig at a time* I’m going to either keep wasting food and money or come up with a new solution. That’s why growing an herb garden is on my life list.

The complication is that I kill everything I grow. I killed a snake plant. I may have killed your plants just by accessing your home via computer monitor. Go check. I WANT to be a grower of green things. (I also want to be a tea drinker.) I’m going to figure this out.

My plan is to grow cilantro, parsley, chives, basil and mint since those are the things I dump in the landfill most frequently. I’m going to buy an inspiring container for each one for motivation.

*I love how I can crack a tiny chunk off the ginger rather than buying a whole root. Last time I got it free because my piece was so small it wouldn’t register on the scale.

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17 responses to this post.

  1. Get one of these, then step away from the herbs.

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  2. Get one of these, then step away from the herbs.

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  3. Do you have one? I considered this a while ago but the online reviews were mixed.

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  4. No, I just grow them outside. I’ve never seen one of these in person, but they seem really cool and low-maintenance.

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  5. Yeah, I was also thinking AeroGarden; it’s pretty much black-thumb-proof.

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  6. Start with mint. It likes our climate. It handles overwatering by not growing as much.
    Other herbs don’t care for overwatering, but in pots they dry out fast so it’s not really an issue.
    Cilantro dies after only a few weeks. Expect it. Plant it in waves.
    Herbs taste best when they get lots of sun.
    Best pots are plain old plastic pots, with decent drainage.

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  7. Start with mint. It likes our climate. It handles overwatering by not growing as much.
    Other herbs don’t care for overwatering, but in pots they dry out fast so it’s not really an issue.
    Cilantro dies after only a few weeks. Expect it. Plant it in waves.
    Herbs taste best when they get lots of sun.
    Best pots are plain old plastic pots, with decent drainage.

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  8. Great advice! Thank you!

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  9. Parsley for sure is one of those things I end up not using all of and I wish, like you, that I could buy it in smaller bunches.
    And my thumb is black from way back, so I don’t have any living items in my house for you to kill. Unless you can send that banana on top of the fridge around the bend into banana bread territory….

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  10. Parsley for sure is one of those things I end up not using all of and I wish, like you, that I could buy it in smaller bunches.
    And my thumb is black from way back, so I don’t have any living items in my house for you to kill. Unless you can send that banana on top of the fridge around the bend into banana bread territory….

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  11. I can grow anything – anything – in a jar of water. Once I put it in dirt, it dies. I rooted some angel trumpets in pickel jars in the kitchen at the old house and they grew to the ceiling and bloomed. I thought that surely they would live if I transplanted them, but no. One week outside under my loving care and they were dead as doornail.
    I want to grow arugula.

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  12. I can grow anything – anything – in a jar of water. Once I put it in dirt, it dies. I rooted some angel trumpets in pickel jars in the kitchen at the old house and they grew to the ceiling and bloomed. I thought that surely they would live if I transplanted them, but no. One week outside under my loving care and they were dead as doornail.
    I want to grow arugula.

    Reply

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