Numex Twilight (Chili Tree), planted more seeds. Finally getting sprouts!
Mint! It has gone crazy!
Cilantro. I only had one seed sprout after the store bought plant died (it lasted like 5 days). So I am just letting it go and hope it will drop some good seeds for me. Ill be patient.
Trying for an avocado tree too!
My original seeds have not all sprouted, they did arrive slightly damaged (bottle broke and they were soaked in chai syrup over a week). I think I might add more seeds in a few of the pots to get them really going by next year.
Goal #3 Started: Grown my own basic Herbs
I have been itching to start my own herb garden, I have since I have moved to Norway. In September last year (2010) – I got a Numex Twilight, a chili plant. The chillies start purple, go to yellow, orange then red when ready to eat! This is where the name of the blog came from, I was wanting to make a blog to track what was going on with my life – I have a design blog, but felt it needed to be on it’s own – my design readers are there for just that – I did not want them to think I was getting preachy. So I was looking out my window and there was my chili plant and it was next to a mint plant cutting that my friend had just given me. I thought what a prefect name -Mint&Chilli- like sweet and sour, black and white; they were in essence opposites.
So recently I got a few envelopes of organic seeds from my Daddy, he knew I have been wanting to grow some herbs – So he sent me some! (I have not been having good luck finding seeds in Norway, I think it is just I am still unsure where to look. The stores I have been to don’t have good selections or organic. I was planning to just order some online, and will do that in the future for more).
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Above are my six herb plants, in order: Coriander, Mint, Sweet Italian Basil, True Greek Oregano, French Rosemary and Winter Thyme. The Mint is a few months old, it has really slowed down growing this winter – I have moved it to be above a heater and now it is doing better.The Coriander is store bought, I am not sure how long it will last – friends who have bought this grocery store type say they only last a month or so. The others are only a week old, so Ill post back in due time with results. My Numex is dormant now, I read that I needed to trim it down to stubs – it looks sad, I hope it picks back up this season. I am watering the plants with my leftover cooking water, in order to save water and give the plants more nutrients. I have read that when boiling vegetables or pasta, that there are many nutrients in that water and it is very helpful to plants.
I still want to grow sage, lavender, dill, chipotles, chives, black pepper, and tarragon – to name a few. For now though, I am running low on space. So I will stay with the basics. If you are wanting to learn more about herb use, check out this article I wrote previously.
Any and all gardening advice is welcome, I am still learning and would love to benefit from others knowledge.