It's not freezing cold outside today. This is something of a first for the year, and it means I can actually open the windows in my flat even when I'm not cooking. This makes me happy. The overlooked, tiniest mundanities of everyday life: this is where happiness is found. So...don't overlook them. Open a window.
Just inside my open kitchen window, you'll find a little herb garden I've been carefully cultivating for about a year now. I'd like to take you on a little tour of it. This might make you happy, too.
Here it is from above:
From top left, we have: rosemary and dill. Just below the rosemary, a little scattering of French marigolds - not really herbs, I know, but a must for deterring pests, as every gardener will tell you, so I threw some in. Bottom left, not see easy to see in this picture, a cutting of thyme from my dad's garden. I'm not so sure how well this is doing, but we'll take a closer look in a moment. To the right of that, a sage cutting from the park, and just visible to their right, some more sage, sprouting from seeds. And scattered in the centre, also grown from seed: chives. Let's dive in closer.
Here's the sage seedlings:
The rosemary was a cutting from a huge plant on the allotment, which I'm very pleased to see establish itself and even begin to flower:
That means more seeds, I would assume. I've never had much success keeping rosemary grown from seed alive. Maybe these seeds will be different. Second generation. Established.
Look at this:
That's the first signs of thyme, that is. If the cutting doesn't work out, they're my backup. Here's the cutting:
I'm not sure it's going to make it. I hope it appreciates the fresh air it's getting today through the open window as much as I do. Here's the new sage, with some chives in the background:
Not much of a picture then really, is it? Sorry. Here's some dill to make up for it:
Dill can be sown all year round, and some of this sprouted at the end of January. I've been adding a few more seeds each month so I can enjoy a year-round supply.
Some of the chives came from shop-bought seeds; others from flowers I found in the park. I've got something to tell you about the park, but that can wait for another post. For now, just open a window, breathe in, breathe out; have joy.
A Walk in the Park
A Bit More Foraging
Home Grown Green Breakfast Stir Fry
Indoor Garden Update: Potatoes and Not-Potatoes, Herbs and Shoots, Snake Plants, Succulents, and Food
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