The Task: To successfully (hopefully!) overwinter some herbs so that I can stop buying new ones every year.
The Confession: My husband is the aspiring green thumb in the family. He does all the real gardening. I am responsible for the flower gardens (a.k.a overgrown weed beds), the culinary herbs, and the occasional houseplant that is given to us and inevitably dies from neglect. I like to blame it on the fact that I am perpetually pregnant, tired and distracted...
The Why: Okay...so here's the thing. So much of the problem in our crazy, hyper consumptive, would-need-five-planets-if-everyone-lived-like-a-North-American culture is that we don't have any, um....skills.
I mean, I'm a pretty domestic type gal. I know how to make bread and raise chickens and sew. But I don't know how to darn socks or spin wool or make candles or not kill a rosemary plant over the winter. I just buy a new rosemary plant in the spring. And sometimes half way through the summer....
But part of this challenge is to become producers as much as we are consumers. And to raise our children to have skills so that they can consume less in a consumer world.
The How: I was listening to a gardening show on the radio in the van the other day. (As in, Luke was listening and I was trying not to die of boredom) and the host mentioned herbs. I immediately became interested, because I had just been thinking the other day that I should stop, you know, killing the herbs. The radio show host told me three things I didn't know:
- Put the herbs in clay pots. I can do that! Clay pots are cute!
- Put them in a sunny window. Not on a table near the sunny window, but actually on the window sill. So I can't just move them around my kitchen to wherever I think they look nice that day and hope for the best? Good to know.
- And finally, don't water them until they are dry. In the past my instinct has been to water them pretty much every time I remembered they existed, which, as they started to look dead was more and more often. Now I know I've been over watering!
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