I come from a family that is full of people with green thumbs. My parents have had a vegetable garden for as long as I remember, which is no small feat in their sandy NH soil. My mom and nana each have beautiful flower beds. My mother-in-law also has a great garden and is a member of her local master gardeners. I’ve been growing some small things indoors – mainly basil and orchids, but this year I’ve decided to branch out and try to grow something outside. I knew that I wanted to do a small herb garden, and was also thinking that something colorful would be nice. This past weekend, I went to our local farmer’s market and selected some plants. I also picked up some cheap window boxes from our hardware store. I did find some gorgeous copper ones, but I figured if this turns out to be a huge mistake, it wouldn’t be a big commitment.
For the herbs I am growing basil, chives, parsley, and dill. I use them all regularly when I cook, so I figured it would be nice always have fresh herbs on hand. The basil is looking a little peaked, but I’m hoping that it will perk up.
The flower box has dusty miller, salvia, superbena, and creeping jenny. They were completely picked out by the person I bought them from based on the fact that I told him that they would be in full sun. I realized today that it is more shadowy that I had originally thought, so here’s to hoping that they will be fine. I’m excited to have some color on our porch and see how they continue to grow this summer.