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WHAT TO PLANT? WHAT TO PLANT? WHAT TO PLANT? 
 
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
Dill
Tarragon
Oregano
Curled Parsley
Variegated Sage
Chives
Garlic Chives
Genovese Basil
Italian Parsley
Rosemary

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:

Mint
Oregano
Thyme
Chives Basil
Dill

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?
 
Comments
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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