Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Culinary Garden- 2 Week Update

A couple of weeks ago I decided to take the plunge and plant my first culinary garden. Not only did I plant my first, tiny culinary garden, but I also decided to share it with you our long time friends. This definitely puts a lot of pressure on me because I want to make sure I keep these alive and I have a bountiful garden to show you. But the bottom line is, I'm going to make mistakes along the way...and learn from them, hopefully.

I've had success with some herbs and veggies, and not so much with others. Whomp, whomp...

BASIL- I have to say I'm very surprised at how this baby is...not progressing so great. A couple of years ago I took a dying basil from my kitchen and planted it in that very same spot. It grew like a bush almost as high as the fence. I couldn't keep up with it and kept cutting off bunches to give to friends. But this time around hasn't quite been the same. It's definitely not making any improvements. Although I did use it today in my pasta sauce...delish! And I just loved walking out to my garden and getting my basil. I'm hoping that it's just a matter of it getting warmer for it to thrive.

JALAPENOS, SUMMER SQUASH AND RED BELL PEPPERS- These are progressing quite nicely. I realize I didn't take a great picture of the before,  but you can tell from the middle plant, summer squash, that these are getting fuller. I can even start to see little pods sprouting...summer squash!!

ARUGULA- Well, hello there arugula. This one seems to be working out quite nicely. This is the one I feared the most. I literally grabbed these seeds packets on my way out when I purchased all the other herbs and veggies and really didn't think they'd grow. I thought maybe they needed to be indoors in pods...blah, blah, blah. We'll see if we'll be having our first garden-to-table salad in the next couple of months.

MINT, CILANTRO, CHIVES- Looks like I didn't take a before picture of these. They seem to be doing well, but I can't tell how much they've grown. From what I remember the chives look fuller than they were when I first planted. Oh well. 

ROSEMARY- Well this has been a complete fail. This was a tiny plant I purchased at Sprouts and it was in my kitchen for a few days before I took it out. No luck here. I really thought it might like it better outside. I see rosemary used as hedges all the time so I'm quite surprised it just completely died.

There you have it.  Any suggestions? Specially for the basil....


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