Hopefully an Herb Garden

Clearly we’re having a little trouble keeping up with things around here (as I write this I am holding a digesting puppy upright in my lap with one hand and typing with the other… this is a skill I am going to have to hone.  Thank goodness for automatic capitalization).  Our work and home schedules have snowballed into a packed daily roster of activities that we can barely keep up with, and our website is taking the brunt of the neglect.

I’ve been researching a lot of things to bring added functionality to the site:  some Flash elements, comments on posts, and an RSS feed among other things.  But until we slow down again I’m not sure when I’ll be able to implement them.  Each weekend comes and goes with the best of intentions, but invariably gets filled with those essential tasks of basic survival.  Grocery trips, dog park trips, naps.  And no I’m not being facetious with that last one.  Extra hours of sleep are actually scheduled in to our weekends to make up for those we don’t manage to get during the week.

So in the meantime, I thought I’d share some pictures and notes about a simple diy project I did manage to squeeze in this past Saturday. I am disproportionately proud of myself for this.

My Herb Garden

Back in February when we first moved in, we made a trip to a giant plant store in a rented panel van and bought LOTS OF TREES.  We also bought many many packets of seeds, because even then, our newly acquired 100 square-foot balcony was begging me to do it justice with an herb garden.  Not just the rosemary and parsley tub that our last balcony afforded us – really the works.  Here is what I bought:

seed packets

Just so we’re all screen-reader compliant here, those are:

  • Dill
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Coriander
  • Sage
  • Mint
  • Lavender
  • Chives
  • Thyme

The only thing missing from our herbal needs is rosemary – at the time I bought the seeds I had a surviving plant… but now it’s dead.  Doesn’t look good for my new endeavour does it?  Oh well.
I had enough accumulated flower pots on hand to accommodate all my planned sowing, but I wanted to go a step further and make little markers for all the different herbs.  I’ll admit right now that this has less to do with a need to identify what I planted where and more to do with my obsessive need for creating an organizational structure for everything ever.  Add to that the fact that Design Sponge has twice featured cute garden markers recently, here and here.

So… here is what I did:

button sticks

button sticks and glue

Some extra pieces of wood we had in the house, a little craft glue, and some colourful buttons.  As I said, über-simple, but the buttons add a little visual interest nonetheless.  Have I told you that I like buttons?  I literally have bags and bags of buttons in our house.  They cost 99 cents at Dressew in downtown Vancouver, and I pick up a bag every time I’m there, and I use them for tons of things – like decorating plant markers!  You can’t beat a good button.  Of course, I haven’t committed the button combinations to memory – I did write the plant name on the back of each stake, but even a good permanent marker can fade in the sun – I know this from previous attempts at plant marking, so having a back up memory cue once the plants are grown might come in handy.

Here they are mid-planting session, such a nice day:


And here is the finished product, more or less:

I’m hoping that in a few weeks they’ll be looking a little less like pots full of dirt…  And of course our delightful puppy has to be included in any activity taking place on the balcony – she has just recently been introduced to our little slice of fresh air and it still has the attraction of the forbidden.  Yesterday I was planting morning glories (which will hopefully climb up and hide our ugly grey exterior wall)  and she was very eager to help me with wielding the spade.  So much so that I had to banish her indoors, and finally to the kitchen after she decided to take advantage of my preoccupation outdoors to gnaw on a throw pillow.  I miss the days when she was too little to make it up onto the couch…  moving on.

The table they’re on is a junk piece that I made Thomas carry home with us from an afternoon walk to the park with Piper.  There is junk all over the neighbourhood at the moment – the city seems to have miscommunicated the junk pick up day to everyone – and this seemed like a great way to create a few different levels for my little potted garden.  I remarked to Thomas that maybe I should spray paint the table a different colour, or cover it in someway (ugh fakewood!), but he helpfully pointed out that I need another project looming over my head like I need a hole in it… and so I’ll probably leave it alone.  For now.

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