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Preparing for spring

February 17, 2010

I’m thrilled to say that I’ve started to notice the days getting longer again! Have you? It’s made a huge difference in my mindset, I can almost hold onto the idea that spring is on its way (of course, yesterday’s snow may well have been winter putting its foot down). My apartment faces south and is getting consistently more sunlight every day, which gives me the perfect chance to grow some plants and herbs on my window sill.

Today I went out and found a few succulents and a cactus that will be able to withstand the strength of the summer sun when it finally arrives . . . aren’t they cute?

I also picked up several seed packets: basil, tarragon, cilantro, chives and nasturtium which I am SO excited about. My boyfriend and I cook dinner pretty much every night in an effort to be cost conscious and healthy. We can usually find local ingredients without much packaging EXCEPT when it comes to fresh herbs. Whole Foods carries not-so-fresh herbs in small plastic containers which seems wasteful and over-packaged. So this year I’m excited to grow a variety of herbs and hopefully will be able to eat them fast enough! Last year, my basil plant almost took over the apartment . . . so this year, I’m going to do my best to pinch it off and make pesto.

Do you grow herbs? Which have you had the most success with? I’ll keep you updated as to how mine do, I’m also hoping to plant a mix of container lettuces and arugula later in the spring. Hmmm, next apartment wish list: small terrace or garden space …

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