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An Indoor Herb Garden: Update

Way back in February, I planted some herb seeds. As they were growing, I built some shelves into my kitchen window frame, intent on creating a little herbal oasis in the middle of the house. And then, I forgot to update you. And forgot, and forgot.

I’m sorry.

But today, I have an update! That window herb garden that I began? It grew. Parts of it. And parts of it didn’t. Parts of it got a little wild, and spread over the window sill and then were scorched by the sun despite are almost daily watering. And, today, I’m left with the bits that survived.

There’s my basil plants, two of them, which I love, and are turning into little trees. 
Then, there’s my parsley plants, again, two of them, which struggle, fall over and wilt, but always provide a fresh little shoot to give me hope that, if I trim it back, it will flourish and thrive.
And, there’s our aloe plant, which, when we received it as a gift from our neighbours, began to rot from an over abundance of water, making its death seem certain. Now, it’s developed three little baby aloes, growing around it like a little aloe family. 
One single row of them on the sill.
What have I learned?
One. If you’re going to have a window garden, make sure you space your shelves out to give the herbs enough space to grow. My pots could barely fit on the two rows up, let alone provide room for the plants to grow. In the end, I had two rows, one on the sill and one on the counter. It wasn’t a bad spot, but if and when I replant, I think I’ll remove one shelf to allow for more pots.
Two. It’s important to only plant herbs you will use and enjoy. I use my basil all the time. But, the cilantro grew like crazy, fell over and went to seed because we learned that neither of us were huge fans of the unique taste. Next time, I’ll opt for rosemary instead, which has become one of my favourite herbs.
Three. Keep your watering can handy. The reason some of these have done so well is because they get plenty of water and plenty of sun. But, since our watering can, the pretty brass one that sits beside them, is kept so close, it’s not hard to water on a nearly daily basis. Also, basil is really good at telling you when it needs water and perking back up within an hour of getting some.
I like having them here, but I can’t say that I use them all the time. The basil, regularly. But the rest? Perhaps this is why I let my oregano wither and my thyme scorch. When I plant more, I’ll look a little more carefully at the plants I actually want to grow here and go from there. Who knows. Maybe they won’t be herbs at all!
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