Tuesday, April 8, 2014
project list: mini-garden part 1
Today I finally started on my "Mini-Garden" project. I was never really much of a gardener but I knew it would be a great start to dressing up our, otherwise sad, balcony. Eventually Josh and I want to have seating and maybe even a bar out here but for now little plants will at least add a feeling of Spring.
Because I have such little experience with this matter I turned to friends for advice. While I originally intended to plant flowers or succulents everyone suggested various foods (Swiss Chard being the most highly requested) so I changed my plan slightly. When I went out to pick up supplies my new idea was to get chard, one or two herbs, and fill the extra space with flowers. Once I was actually in the store my plans changed again. I got the chard and herbs as planned, but dropped the flowers idea and picked up some strawberry bulbs instead. The idea of picking fresh strawberries seemed so appealing to me. I know I won't be able to pick massive amounts, having such a limited space, but I am excited none the less.
Back at the apartment I preceded to make a huge mess while I planted seed and transferred the herbs into their own pots. In one pot I put the sweet Basil in the other, Sweet Mint. While I liked the idea of having a wide variety of herbs to cook with the truth is I am still fairly new with cooking and wouldn't even know when to use most of them. Basil and Mint are ones I love and will use frequently.
I want to do more to make the whole arrangement look a little more interesting: decorating the pots, finding an interesting set of shelves or table to display everything, and just general interesting pieces. I will post more photos as I develop everything.