A Garden Even I Can't Kill

6. June 2012 07:11

My inability to keep even a cactus alive is legendary in my family, but I've always wanted an herb garden.  I love using fresh herbs in cooking--and they're so expensive at the grocery store, especially when you only need about 1/10 of what's in the package.

But last summer I found this rusty little red wagon in the back of our shed.  This wagon used to belong to my husband's neighbor when he was a kid; he gave it to my in-laws when our children were little.  My kids are all too big to use it now, but it's the perfect size for a small container garden.  I got really ambitious last year and planted cilantro, parsley, dill, rosemary, basil, oregano, mint and thyme.

True to form, I neglected the garden quite a bit.  I did harvest cilantro regularly, but even with our love of Mexican food, the cilantro managed to go to seed and wound up sprouting in the corner of the flower bed below the wagon.  Because of the mild winter, I was picking cilantro right through the end of February!  That's when my husband and kids weeded the flower bed one day while I wasn't home to identify the "non-weeds."

Two herbs in the wagon managed to survive the winter too:  thyme and oregano.  The thyme kind of took the place over, so I shared some with one of my neighbors for her garden.  Then I cleaned up the containers in the wagon and planted more rosemary and cilantro as well as a few little flowers (marigolds and such) I got for Mother's Day from one of the Street Urchins.

It may be small potatoes compared to my other neighbor's mini-farm, but I'm happy with it.

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Last year's garden:  this year's herbs aren't ready for their close-up yet!