Daily Archives: 02.21.2012

Cause and Effect

Let’s talk cause and effect, kay?

This weekend was just gorgeous, weather-wise.  So on Sunday, while we were at Lowe’s, I picked up the following.

Naturally last night, Mother Nature decided to do this.

Message received.  Winter is still alive and well in Minnesota.

Apparently we’re in some sort of weather loop where it’s essentially going to snow-monsoon on us for the next few days.  We got 5 inches last night and are projecting something insane like 14 inches by Saturday.

Oh, Lord have mercy.

But back to the cause.  As I realized last weekend, we are just a little over a month out from realizing le jardin once again.

When I had that revelation, I was simultaneously astonished and amused.

Astonished because apparently there is now a voice inside me that knows when it’s coming time to plant.  I know.  I KNOW.  And amused because when I took a whack at this for the first time in 2010, it seemed like this grand experiment.

I guess it still is in some ways.

We only have a few planters.  It’s an operation with some major limitations.

What I have learned: Until we have a yard with raised beds, we will NOT be planting Tomatoes.  Because I can’t turn the entire window seat into a veritable jungle again.  Also, the light we have for whatever reason is not conducive to Cilantro, Parsley, Tarragon or Oregano.  It feels so good to plant them, but they never really do…anything.


What we will be planting: Sweet Basil, Genovese Basil, Purple Basil, Sage and Mint.  Because broad-leafed and full-sun are the word.  I have yet to find Mint seeds.  And I can count the number of times we’ve cooked with Sage on one hand.

But I just feel like there has to be some potential there, right?  I suppose we’ll have our answer by mid-July. 😉

In the meantime, I need to focus our efforts on using up the pesto cubes and sundried tomatoes that we put up last fall.

Gardeners: What are you going to plant this year?

Feasters: What are your favorite herbs?