I bit the bullet and sowed some of my herbs. I felt a little guilty having a big hoard of herb seeds and never dedicating any honest effort in growing them. So I did it. I stuck some of the hoard into dirt.
As I mentioned, on January 23, I sowed Lavender, Lemon Balm and Spearmint. And I recently potted them up from the little peat pellets they were started in. I recommend planting some Lavender, just for the aroma therapy of it. You just have to disturb the leaves a little and the air is filled with a wonderful lavender scent. Do it, you won’t be disappointed. And do the same with the Lemon Balm. Its citrus-y scent is delightful (And you can make a little tea from the leaves).
On March 11, I filled up some little seed cells that I have, and sowed the following:
- 3x Thyme
- 2x Summer Savory
- 2x Sweet Marjoram
- 2x Russian Tarragon
- 2x Oregano
- 2x ‘Red Rubin’ Basil
- 2x ‘Genovese o Comune’ Basil
- 2x Flat Leaf Parsley
- 2x ‘Champion Moss Curled’ Parsley
- 2x Chamomile
- 2x Catnip
- 1x Rosemary
- 1x ‘Cinnamon’ Basil
- 1x ‘Lemon’ Basil
- 1x ‘Lime’ Basil
I also started some Sage and some Garlic Chives in larger seed cells. There is 2 cells of each of those. Also, I will be growing Dill, but I’ll wait until its closer to putting them outside to try and start some inside. I usually forget about the Dill until its too late, and then it doesn’t mature in time to harvest anything more than a few sprigs. I am hopeful that starting the Dill a little early, I can actually get enough to both use fresh, and have some to dry to use throughout the winter.
I am also keeping my fingers crossed that I will find some Stevia seed. I really really want to grow my own sweetener.
Looking at that list seems a little daunting, and I hope that I can keep these surviving until its safe for them to go outside. Ultimately, like last year, if they don’t make it, I will replace them from plants from the garden centre… but lets hope that doesn’t have to happen this time around.
UPDATE: My wonderful future Mother-in-Law sent me some Stevia seeds! I started 3 peat pellets of them as soon as I opened the envelope on March 14th!! Fingers crossed they germinate!!
UPDATE #2: The Tarragon germinated in 2 days!!!! Not even kidding.