Last summer I kept a little herb and vegetable garden on my front steps. It started as just a couple pots of basil and parsley, but soon I became a compulsive plant-buyer, lining both sides of the steps with squash, tomatoes, a pepper plant, and herbs ranging from tarragon to lemon verbena:
It was amazing how much pleasure I got out of watching these plants grow. Part of the surprise, I think, was that I had never experienced a warm growing zone before. Plants flourish here in DC far more than in my native Pacific Northwest. When actual tomatoes started sprouting and ripening in July, I knew it was love. I grew so attached to the plants that I took some of them with me back up to Boston when I left for grad school, but alas, they didn’t survive for long.
Now that I am once again living in the district, I’m excited to try my hand at gardening again. I’ve even roped in an accomplice: my housemate and I went to Home Depot today and kind of went crazy:
In total, we bought three kinds of tomatoes, two kinds of mint, two basil plants, two sweet peppers, one hot pepper, oregano, parsley, chives, lemon balm, sage, tarragon, cilantro, rosemary, dill, and lavender. From time to time I check in on my favorite gardening blog, The Inadvertent Gardener, which alerted me to the Green Thumb Sunday meme going around. It’s definitely a blog phenomenon I can feel good about joining (unlike, say, Caturday, which I must resist because it will turn me into this funny-because-it’s-true cat proximity cartoon).