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Mar. 6, 2010 8:52 pm 
Updated: Mar. 18, 2012 3:02 pm
As some of you might know, my family and I are in Texas. We now live in an apartment so my garden in West Virginia will be barren this year. Since I have a small 3rd floor balcony facing southeast, I am able to grow some herbs and veggies.

I started cooking all my lunches and dinners from the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. I already finished most of the recipes from Ina Garten's Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make At Home and moved on to Barefoot Contessa Back To Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients. Since she loves certain herbs, I have decided to grow mostly herbs that I know I will be using within the next 5 months.

So far I have these herbs:

Creeping Thyme
Lemon Thyme
English Thyme
Curled Parsley
Variegated Sage
Garlic Chives
Genovese Basil
Italian Parsley

I'm going to attempt planting upside down yellow squash and zucchini this year. I also have Mr Stripey and Yellow tomatoes that I will also be planting upside down.

Last but not least, I finally broke down and bought an Aerogarden for my kitchen. Its been about a month now and the herbs look awesome. It includes:

Chives Basil

It doesn't grow enough of what I need to cook but I do use these herbs now. Also, it makes my new kitchen feel more like home.

So, what are you growing this year?
Mar. 6, 2010 9:13 pm
I'm not a big-time gardener, but I do love herbs and tomatoes. I have rosemary year-round (we're in Texas also) and I have some lemon thyme and parsley started already. I will definitely add basil and at least one tomato plant...not sure what else.
Mar. 6, 2010 9:29 pm
I'm really big on gardening. I made a temporary move back to the DFW metroplex from my beloved garden in West Virginia. I started going through plant withdrawal without my yard since I now live in an apartment.
Mar. 7, 2010 4:45 am
I'm going to take a first stab at window box herbs once it gets just a *little* warmer in London. I've got to talk to a local nursery to find out what will grow, but ideally I'd love rosemary, parsley, thyme, and chives. Good luck on your balcony planter!
Mar. 7, 2010 8:57 am
Hi Josephine! Long time no see. I hope your settling in now. I also love the BFC! There are a couple of recipes that are standbys for me. Try her roasted tomato caprese salad...from back to basics- SO GOOD! You should be able to grow tomatoes in a pot or get one of those topsey turvy things- I think Kelly did one last year and I think she is in the DFW area.
Mar. 8, 2010 8:40 am
Sounds like you will have a lovely herb garden! I went a little nuts when ordering seeds this year...probably better to ask what I'm NOT planting! ;) The ones I'm most looking forward to are several heirloom tomatoes, some bush squash, beans, sugar pumpkins and Swiss chard.
Mar. 12, 2010 7:56 am
I've been growing herbs in a large floor pot in my kitchen all winter. You seem to have a green thumb - I'm sure you'll have a lot to show for your efforts!
Apr. 10, 2010 5:26 am
Hi Josephine! The snow has melted and my herb garden has come back fully. I'm going to put in tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, and green peppers. Having always enjoyed your gardening, I came searching in hopes of finding what you're planting. I wish you the best in your new location.
Mar. 18, 2012 3:02 pm
Hi Josephine! I just moved to Arlington, TX from NC (dont know anyone) saw that we have a alot in common from reading your profile. We both have two kids and LOVE to cook :) Anyway just wanted to say "Hi". Kim W
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