Going Green

I don’t know about where you live, but here in Baltimore, everything is blooming, and all at once. We had a batch of random daffodils that we didn’t even know existed pop up (1.5′ tall!) in our front yard. The tree we swore was dead has little red buds on the tip of each willowy branch. You can hardly drive anywhere without getting showered by a ton of flower petals. It’s positively gorgeous out there, kids.

To contribute to the greenery, Timm and I decided that it was time to drink the Kool Aid that hippies have been drinking for years, and GO GREEN. I thought that growing little seedlings from a ready-made kit would be the easiest method to start with.

Nope. Wrong. My little seedlings barely grew above a centimeter tall before dying a slow, crying death. This weekend, we went a different route, and it all began with a lot of whiskey.


(Okay, so we didn’t actually drink whiskey. We just bought a barrel that was made to HOLD whiskey.)

We saw this guy and chose to make him into our herb garden. We stocked up on the pre-grown plants at Home Depot. NOTE: None of these pretty little gems cost more than $3.50 each, which is one helluva bargain when you think about how much spices are!

Yes, we had stocked up on spices, but the size of the barrel was still a bit daunting.

To fill in some of the space before adding dirt, we grabbed some of the bricks from the backyard (which is a completely separate story for another time) and put a few brick layers in the bottom of the pot.

Adding the bricks first meant that we only had to use one bag of soil rather than the 3-4 it would have taken to fill this baby up. From there, it was easy plantin’.

…and voila!

We have TONS of rosemary, cilantro, oregano, and chives – all of our favorites. We’re only growing spices we’ll actually use. (I confess – we’ve already used some of the cilantro. Hey, it’s salsa season!) I have a notoriously black-thumb, so here’s hoping I can keep my lil guys alive as long as possible!

Happy Spring!

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4 thoughts on “Going Green

  1. Christine Frederick says:

    I’m so proud of you! Make sure you plant things with lots of blues & purples, cause it attracks the Bees. Also, make sure you plant some garlic bulbs in the fall…you can eat the chives for months, until harvest time in July!

  2. Sharon says:

    It looks great. And Linda, it’s always salsa season….

  3. Kudos to you for planting herbs! I’ve tried and I can’t even keep basil alive. Everyone tells me basil grows like weeds but they obviously don’t have the magic touch I have.

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