13 April 2010

about that, herb

I find myself wanting to explain my herbal situation further. That's not weird, is it?

My mom gave me an herb garden kit. One of the better gifts from my mom (no offense, Mom, if you even read this). Maybe it was a little something like this, if you want a picture in your head:
Basically, it's a box, with some seeds. (And a humidity dome. It's so technical I can hardly handle it.) You provide the dirt and water, and voila, herbs! I really love that.

Except I had a problem: I didn't have any dirt.

And you might think that this is a dumb question, but I was thinking, where was I gonna find DIRT? So Tim comes home one day (like the classic knight in shining armor figure) with a cute little plastic bag full of what else but dirt, sitting on the kitchen table. After expressing due gratitude (duh), I asked him where it came from. He told me he BOUGHT it. On campus! Apparently he waltzed into Campus Craft and Floral (the university flower/craft shop) and asked for dirt, and they said, "Sure, we sell it by the scoopful." And by the way, it cost him $1, which seems like a major rip-off for dirt, but hey, whatevs.

So I put the dirt in the little bucket thing, got it extra wet, poked some holes in it, dumped the seeds in there, and then I watered faithfully. And now some sprouts have started to appear, and something about this whole thing is inordinately exciting to me. The packet had four different types of seeds in there, and I know one was basil (I've always wanted a basil plant, really, my whole life, and yes, of course I'm being hyperbolic here), but I forget what the others were, which is too bad. I guess we'll have to find out.

The end.

12 April 2010


I am very excited about the kitchen herbs I'm growing right now. Someday I want to have a garden.

Also, starting next month, we'll be getting weekly installments of fresh produce from Jacob's Cove! I am quite anticipating the lovely produce. Weekly! Seriously, so excited.

While at WinCo (love) on Saturday, my brother and I saw some "organic" seeds. He thought that organic food was the way food was grown, not the seeds themselves. So while organic is referring to the method (and non-use of yucky stuff like pesticides, etc.) also, it also refers to the seeds that come from the organically grown produce. Go figure. (Obviously I'm displaying the fact that I know nothing about agriculture here. I have no idea if my herb seeds are organic.) I thought the reasons against organic seed here were interesting, though, if you're into that sort of thing.

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