Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Kitchen Herbs or Meet Joe Dirt

Folks, I don't know if I'll make it to spring. I'm kind of an impatient mess right now. I had such high hopes of being able to start seeds for the garden soon, but I'm just not certain that the coldest winter weather on record is going to bear out my hopes for an early frost-free harvest. This past weekend, I convinced myself that 40-degree weather wasn't really that bad and did some clean up and worked on the compost pile for a little bit. Not that I was very successful as it was pretty much a frozen-solid block of kitchen scraps.

Thankfully, my dear friend across the way gifted me with a kitchen herb kit. (I am seriously considering changing the name of this blog to "Thanks Again, One Acre Homestead.") I decided it would be a fun, tactile activity for Joe and I to undertake to try to chase away the cabin fever and to distract him from the pesky cold he had last week. It was an excuse for me to exercise my green thumb and an excuse for Joe to throw dirt all over the kitchen floor--good times.

In the end, we planted 5 pots of thyme, parsley, basil, chives, and cilantro. Whether these actually sprout or not, only time will tell. The directions merely say to position them "near a sunny window," but in my current research about seed starting for the outdoor garden, I'm quickly becoming convinced that nothing will grow without significant investments in grow lights and heating mat contraptions.

This arrangement will have to do for now: sunny window+frequent repositioning throughout the day+cosmetic mirror. I'll keep you posted.


  1. LOL!! An indoor herb garden is the least I could do for rescuing my Zeekers from the great blizzard!! I think your dining room gets plenty of light for your herbs...and you can just pluck a few and throw them right on your dinner! :) A little mister full of water will be your best friend for seed starting. Good luck, my friend! May the force be with you!!

  2. Such a great project. Sometimes the mess if worth the experience! Good luck with the herbs.

  3. Ha! What do you know? I went to water them a minute ago and the thyme and basil are already sprouting--on Day 6!

  4. Was there a Money seed in that packet?

  5. Plant a Aloe Vera in your home, its a best herb and you can use it as cosmetics.