I have zero gardening experience. Zero. Until moving to New York, I had no interest in anything outdoors that involved sweating, dirt, or bugs. I think that's because my childhood summers were spent planting tees, buses, sifting dirt, and picking up sticks. You think I'm kidding, but just ask my dad. He did reward us by taking us to the Country Club everyday afterwards to swim, but still. I have planted more trees, that resembled sticks, than I have ever cared for.
I still don't necessarily enjoy bugs, but ironically enough, New York has made me crave more nature. With every year that passes, I also take move care and pride into things that I own or create myself. Now that I finally have a place that I could open and shut the windows without fear of a friendly pigeon getting stuck in the apartment, I decided it was time to start a garden!
The garden was planted at the end of May, and I bought two planter boxes that could hold 6 plants (or so I assumed). I planted garlic, purple peppers, tomatoes, spearmint, basil and cilantro. I also planted some flowers in a separate planter. I water them 1-2 times a day, and they're mostly in full sun.
So far, the basil and spearmint have done phenomenal! The spearmint has just completely blossomed and kind of taken over the planter box, but the basil is still doing quite well.
The tomatoes have also been doing great! So far, four have grown, and one has been harvested. I feel a little cliche in saying this, but that tomato was seriously the best tomato I've eaten! I felt so much pride and happiness while eating that tomato, it was a bit ridiculous.
The purple pepper plant was my first to actually blossom, but so far, it's only produced two peppers. One fell off very early, and the other is still going strong. I think it'll be time to harvest it soon.
The cilantro was going well until I left for Jackson. When I came back, the plant had flowered and it was basically over. I should have kept the little balls on the plants long enough to make coriander, but I was kind of over it at this point.
The garlic totally failed. I'm not sure why, but I don't think I put enough time or energy into it.
I've immensely loved gardening, and can't wait to garden next year! I feel like I now know what it's like to be a parent ;-) Next year, I'll be planting more tomatoes, basil and peppers. I'll stick with one spearmint plant, since I'm now drowning in spearmint. I'll also want to try rosemary, and maybe cilantro again.
You can follow along with the adventures with #corislittlegarden on Instagram.
What are your favorite herbs or veggies to garden?