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Mar. 5, 2013 6:28 pm 
Updated: Mar. 12, 2013 4:16 am
I am the proud new owner of a tiny garden. I figured with all the fresh herbs and tomatoes that I am using in my recipes that I would lighten the pocketbook with a few herbs and veggies. 

I started with the tomatoes. I chose Early Girl and Husky Cherry Red varieties. I chose a pot that would allow me to plant the big ones in the bottom, upside-down and the cherries on the top. My poor Early Girl got all beat up trying to get it through that stupid hole. I’m hoping she will recover.

The herb garden consists of sage, parsley, basil, rosemary, and spearmint. I used both the basil and the parsley in tonight’s menu, and they were delicious. 

Finally, I bought some strawberries, because I love them. It was an impulse buy. I also got an upside-down pot for these. This pot has three holes for three different plants. My husband planted these and meticulously put each little leaf through the holes.

I’m hoping that I can keep them alive. I’ve never had much luck with plants. I shouldn’t forget them when they are being picked at almost every day. I’m looking forward to having bruschetta and fresh strawberries whenever these plants mature.

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Mar. 5, 2013 8:36 pm
Cooking for you is like a duck to water. Slow down girl so you don’t burn out. I can tell you’re having a bunch of fun, and that is great!! I checked my crystal ball, and I see cows, chickens, goats, a garden, and a ball field in your future.
Mar. 5, 2013 10:04 pm
Girl you are on fire!!! I am SO jealous of your fresh herbs! I have always wanted to grow my own basil and tomatoes. Make my own bread and just eat bruschetta until I explode. Are you sure you're not some famous chef pretending to be a newbie just to mess with us all?! Keep it up, it's inspiring!
Mar. 6, 2013 9:09 am
I don't know where you live to be growing all of these things so early. I'm challenged by being in Zone 4 and have a greenhouse that is useless until I can open the pipes when the threat of a freeze is over. Your enthusiasm is contagious! Love those fresh herbs for cooking. Color me jealous!
Mar. 6, 2013 9:21 am
Yep, I have to agree with the others. You are on fire! I'm in zone 7b and will be starting to plant a few things soon, especially my onion sets. I'll be out in my herb spiral soon, but I also have resident voles that are eating parsley faster than I can plant it! They're eating a lot of thing faster than I can plant. It's pretty annoying actually. *sigh* It is so good to see someone really grow in their cooking skills. Keep it up!
Mar. 6, 2013 9:44 am
@ConkeyJoe I hope I don't burn out. That would suck. I really am having fun so far, but I don't know how long this will last. Hopefully, it will last forever. @AZ93 I don't know whether they will be a success yet. I've never had much of a green thumb, but they are beautiful and smelly good. Maybe you can grow basil in your kitchen window if it gets enough sun.
Mar. 6, 2013 9:51 am
@Doc I'm in Zone 8 almost 9, which I know very little about. I probably should have did more research before getting all excited about tomatoes. I guess I figured Lowe's wouldn't have them if it weren't time. We had to bring them in last night due to one of the last cold nights we will have.
Mar. 6, 2013 9:59 am
@Cookin'Cyn I'm hoping I didn't plant them too early. I planted them all in pots so that they can be brought in if it gets too cold. We live in southern Louisiana. Here's hoping that it works out.
Mar. 6, 2013 11:41 am
try some nasturiums (sp) if you like beautiful flowers that you can eat. peppery tasting...very good.
Mar. 6, 2013 1:48 pm
@gderr I'll have to try that.
Mar. 6, 2013 5:55 pm
Good luck on your garden adventure!
Mar. 7, 2013 6:12 am
Nothing like a homegrown tomato. Good luck with your micro-garden. I hope to have a herb garden someday. Right now in Colorado it is too cold to start any plants. Unless I start them indoors.
Mar. 11, 2013 8:24 am
I so miss being able to garden early. There's nothing like fresh veggies and herbs that you pick right outside your door! I've been gowing tomatoes since I was very young, and the best advice I can give for those you plant in containers (which is how I plant all my tomatoes here in Wisconsin) is be sure you have a pot that provides plenty of room for the roots and feed regularly. Enjoy your bounty!
Mar. 11, 2013 6:13 pm
I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. We locals affectionately refer to it as "Winter-Peg". We have about 4 feet of snow in the backyard, and won't see grass for about another month. I am enjoying myself with gardening books and seed catalogues and am going to work on my container garden again this year. Here we buy from the garden centre in mid May and plant out in early June, so I really envy you having herbs now. Best of luck and make sure you keep the tomato plant well watered at all times!
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I'm a domestically challenged stay-at-home mom with two small boys and a wonderful husband. I have attempted to cook periodically, but was never very good at it. I am now into it with determination to make it work.
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