Planting an Herb Garden | 30 before 30 Goals

Planting an Herb Garden | 30 before 30 Goals

One of my 30 before 30 goals for a while has been to grow an herb garden and keep them alive long enough to eat from them.  This may not seem like that big of a deal to some of you, but for someone like me who happens to be a serial plant killer, it was no easy feat.

May 13, 2012 It all started when I bought one of these Jiffy Professional Greenhouses for the second time.  For the first trial, the survival rate of my plants were zero.  For trial two, we planted some spearmint, sweet basil, oregano, parsley, green onion, peppers, squash, and thyme.

Planting Herbs 101 | 30 before 30 Goals

Planting Herbs 101 | 30 before 30 Goals

Jun 1, 2012 I found that the seeds sprinkled into the pots did much better. Half the ones in the professional greenhouse did not make it, but we were persistent and planted new seeds in the pellets with missing sprouts time and time again.

Planting Herbs 101 | 30 before 30 Goals

Jun 3, 2012 We moved our seedlings into pots so that they would have more room to grow. I’ve looked at Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels to do a price comparison, and those green and yellow pots below are the cheapest ones I’ve found (priced at $2 at Walmart).

Planting Herbs 101 | 30 before 30 Goals | 2012.06.03

Planting Herbs 101 | 30 before 30 Goals | 2012.06.03

Jun 14, 2012 Finally, for the first time in the history of the Lee-Fu household, we got to pick our herbs and use them in our kitchen!  Nothing too fancy. We used the cilantro to make tostadas and soon will be using the basil for spring rolls.

Planting Herbs 101 | 30 before 30 Goals | 2012.06.14

Planting Herbs 101 | 30 before 30 Goals | 2012.06.14

Planting Herbs 101 | 30 before 30 Goals | 2012.06.14

With the help and care of neighbors, while we were on vacation, this is how these babies are doing today. We even gave Ceci, Sheldon, Bobby, Celine, Stan, and some others up for adoption.  If you would like to adopt a plant from us and live in Atlanta, please let me know!

For tips on creating an Herb Garden in your kitchen, click here.

Planting Herbs 101 | 30 before 30 Goals | 2012.07.05

Planting Herbs 101 | 30 before 30 Goals | 2012.07.05

Planting Herbs 101 | 30 before 30 Goals | 2012.07.05

 

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  1. What an adorable garden! I love the colors of the pots. I just planted a few myself a week or two ago using an egg carton to divide them up. I thought about the jiffy greenhouse but ended up going with the materials I already had around the house. Have you started a new herb garden since you’ve moved to Vegas?

    1. I haven’t started one because I felt so bad killing the ones I was growing in LA. I do still have my lemon tree.. and the apartment complex we are living in grows a lot of rosemary bushes everywhere. Those will definitely come in handy if I’m cooking something that needs it. What did you plant?

      1. I planted oregano, basil, cilantro, chives, and lavender. I had a few of the plants before but we had rain that flooded a pot that had several in it and killed off a few of them, so I decided to start over.

        I’ve tried growing cilantro a few times in the past, but it never survives very long. I’m hoping it will do better this time around. I also have a mint plant, rosemary plant, and tomato plant.

        That’s really interesting (and cool) that your apartment complex plants rosemary. Ours just plants these huge trees that attract spiders.

        1. Oh wow! That’s a variety. I haven’t tried lavender, but cilantro has also been harder for me. I think I planted oregano once and I never saw it grow. Basil so far has been my best survivor.

          I would die if those trees were planted here. The rosemary bushes do attract tons of bees, but I’d rather have bees sting me than even see a spider. haha

          1. Lavender is certainly new for me. I’ve developed a sudden fondness for them and decided I’d give it a go. Like you, I think basil has also been my most successful endeavor (aside from my tomato plant, but that’s not an herb).

            I feel the same way about spiders as you. I’m not a fan.

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