A few months back, I posted about my lack of gardening expertise on another blog and my desire to venture into the world of fairy gardening. Yeah. Turns out that takes time, which is something that is beyond fleeting at this point (deadlines loom!). But I did bite the bullet, yet again, and dipped my toe into growing some herbs and one pepper plant.
I chose hearty herbs. Ones I knew would be difficult (note I did not say impossible) to kill. Rosemary takes a beating (or days of neglect thankfully), and I loved the look of the thyme at my local market. The sage is a gamble because it's not something I use a lot in cooking outside the holidays, but it's pretty (even though you can't see it in this picture). And no herb collection is complete without basil. And look! It's been over a month...
They're alive! They're actually green. And they're not trying to escape their confining pots by angling toward the door. I'm so proud (yes, it takes little to make me so). And this weekend, when I was cooking pasta primavera for my birthday dinner, I was able to pluck leaves, trim stalks and toss them into my cooking like a pro. Go me!
This morning, when I remembered it needed water (ha!), I ventured into my barren back yard to check on the solitary pepper plant my mother and I decided to give a shot. The excitement that came over me when I spied this tiny little pepper (that's really only about a 1/2 a pepper right now) is indescribable. It's so cute! I don't know that I'll want to eat it. Can I bronze it? Frame it? As proof I'm not completely inept when it comes to having a green thumb.
How are your gardening skills? What's your favorite thing to plant and nurture? I'd love to know...maybe even get some suggestions on what I can tackle next year. Please share in the comments!
A geek at heart, Anna J Stewart writes "refreshingly unique, quietly humorous, and profoundly moving romance" (RT Book Reviews) for Harlequin Heartwarming and Berkley InterMix. She is also the author of the sweet Lantano Valley novella series. Visit her online at www.authorannastewart.com and sign up for her news only newsletter that includes trivia contests, announcements, and information on how to join her review team. Subscribers are automatically entered into their own special giveaways!