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?

9 responses to “Cause and Effect

  1. Nothing better than fresh mint for a mojito 😉

  2. Last year I decided to make an herb garden. I bought seeds and decided to actually grow them instead of buying already-sprouting herbs. So I planted them, and I got super excited because the sprouted within a week! I diligently watered them and moved them around on my deck. Then, a sad thing happened. They sprouted weeds! Ugh! So sad. It got so bad I had to toss them out all. But, I think I will try again this year because I desperately want to make my own pesto from my own basil.

  3. Well the good news is you still have ample opportunity for making snow people this week.

    I have a boat load of pesto in the freezer from two years ago I still need to use…But yes, my biological clock says “sow seeds now” as well.

  4. I’m not a gardener at all, but I asked Andrea about planting Lavender and she said I should be pretty safe to plant it given the right conditions and I think I have that. So I just got my plants the other day. I think lavender is so pretty.

    My favorite herb is Cilantro. I love it so much, I could it eat on anything.

    Man I can’t believe that snow! Good luck with your garden. Take care,


  5. Oregano, mint, and rosemary are my top three! Enjoy your garden!

    PS — Send some cold weather to Florida, please?! 🙂

  6. Aw, boo on the snow. Can’t it just let you start le jardin in peace?
    May your gardening ventures be as entertaining as they were last year.

  7. Oh my kids would have fun in that snow, but bummer about putting off your garden. I love basil, I just put it in any salad I make and it always makes it so much tastier.

  8. I live in an apartment and have no room for herbs. Sad face. My mom, however, grows a ton of stuff! Basil, thyme, rosemary, parsley, sage, dill, tomatoes, lettuce (when cool enough), beans and Okra. I love going home and getting to use the fresh herbs in cooking. Dried is good, but fresh is so much more amazing!

    My favorite herb to cook with is thyme, hands down. My favorite throw-in-fresh-after-cooking-herb is cilantro!

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