Maroon’s Mini Herb Garden

26 Mar

Maroon's Mini Herb Garden

Dear Yolo,

For a number of reasons, I now have two little mini-greenhouses with tiny plants in our apartment.

  1. As much as I try to fight it, I am a native of the Evergreen State so living in the concrete jungle of New York is especially hard on my aesthetic sensibilities.  East Coast deciduous trees make winter look especially bleak.
  2. Plants are cute!
  3. I hate buying herbs. It just pisses me off.
  4. Both of my grandparents had/have lovely gardens where they grew vegetables, herbs, flowers and all sorts of things. I loved working in their gardens with them when I was a kid. I felt a lot of affection for earthworms because I knew they were good for the soil and help plants grow and named each one I found “Charlie”. I liked to pretend that each time I found an earthworm it was the same one.
  5. It is socially acceptable to hoard plants. Many people even admire this sort of behavior.

During our last trip to Ikea, I bought two little mini-greenhouse type structures. Not really necessary, but being part Japanese means it’s hard for me to resist anything in miniature scale. I dragged back a bag of soil from Target and have been using jars, a mismatched wineglasses and little pots mugs or planters picked up from Goodwill to give my little garden a home.

One of the mini greenhouses is more or less dedicated to herbs while the other is a home for my succulent plants. I love succulents because they are difficult to kill (they basically require neglect) and they’re so cool looking.

Also, we eat a lot of guacamole so while I don’t put all the seeds to use, I do have two one-year-old avocado trees thriving with two more I have just started in small jars and am waiting to sprout. I think they will actually make nice housewarming gifts for friends because most people who come over stare longingly at the tiny trees.

Maroon's Mini Garden

I feel like I’m 10 years old again, because I find it pretty exciting to plant some seeds and then see them sprout a week or two later.  I’m sure this sounds totally stupid to some people, but as a person who has lived in urban environments for many years, seeing a plant grow is (sadly) really cool!

So far I have basil, cilantro (I know, sorry– you hate it), parsley and rosemary growing. I also have some seeds for thyme but I need to go get more soil. Not looking forward to that because the bag is heavy.

I’m especially excited about the purple opal basil I planted. The little sprouts are kind of greenish/purple right now, but they’re supposed to become this brilliant purple when full grown. More food should be purple. I’ll have to update with more pictures.

Tata for now– someone has to go to the doctor’s office so I’m filling in for a few hours at the wine store this afternoon and I need to get ready. Also, sorry my pics are kinda sucky. I left my phone at a restaurant on Friday and it looks like someone took it. Haven’t done that for YEARS. So pissed about it.

How was your weekend?

Love,

Maroon

Maroon's Mini Garden

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2 Responses to “Maroon’s Mini Herb Garden”

  1. dearyolo March 27, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    I adore small gardens and growing herbs. I wish so much that I could where we live but the light is situated in a way that looks pretty, but does not help herbs grow. I want to live vicariously through your herb gardens (please give updates). Also, having a cat hinders us from growing any sort of plant within his reach (we aren’t really willing to get rid of the cat).

    • dearmaroon March 27, 2012 at 8:32 am #

      Yeah, I’m surprised Bear the Cat isn’t into plant menacing. He menaces pretty much everything else. If I have a cut flowers in a vase, you can bet he will menace those. Maybe it’s the soil.
      When he was still a little kitten and I took him back to Seattle for Christmas (I was in a weird place emotionally) he did several now legendary things two of which are: A) he stole several fancy individually wrapped Japanese crackers from the kitchen and placed them in a basket in the living room where my parents keep toys for their cat and B) within 5 minutes of arriving at their house, he decided to pass on the litterbox and went #2 in my mom’s ancient ficus plant which is older than me. I thought that was hilarious but again, I was in a weird place.
      Back to the herbs– I will update once my plants get big and impressive!

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