apartment herb gardening, part II

So…

My little herb garden is not doing very well. They were so lush and plentiful when I first bought them! And now they’re wilted and sad.

First it was the parsley to go. Then, it was the chives. Although, the rosemary still looks good, so at least that…right? Just say “right” and make me feel good.

And the moral of this story is: if you’ve got a black thumb like me, just bite the bullet and buy them at the market. Not to be redundant, but you can always try this trick, if you find yourself with too much (hehe).

8 responses to “apartment herb gardening, part II”

  1. Lynn says:

    I have 2 windowboxes outside, but our windows face an interior courtyard of a 7-story building and we’re on the 2nd floor, so not too much direct sunlight. My bf commandeered one box, intent on growing from seeds. I was less brave and bought plants. His (chive, cilantro, parsley) actually sprouted, and are about 3″ tall, but the chives have simply stopped growing. My plants (chive, basil, mint) seem to be doing ok, not great. Maybe my expectations were a bit high…

    I found a few links for you that might be helpful, but I think the gist is that yours may need articifial light (mine too, wonder if the neighbors across the courtyard would appreciate lights on them too ;). The second link below says “Truth is, growing sustained, harvestable amounts of herbs indoors require long periods of intense light.” Yikes…

    I also wonder if you ever harvested any, because I’m wondering how much I can cut at one time without harming the plant (so far I haven’t taken any).

    Here are the links. Enjoy!
    http://www.chow.com/food-news/54973/how-to-grow-herbs-indoors/
    http://www.planetnatural.com/site/indoor-herb-gardening.html

    • jillian m. says:

      Lynn, thank you! I will check out those links. I actually considered artificial light, but we did get some pretty strong sunlight coming in through the window for most of the day. I think it MIGHT be the temperature in our apartment. My boyfriend likes it really cold, so he blasts the a/c all day. And they seemed to be doing fine right before we got the a/c installed. Hmmm…

      Thanks again!

  2. Shannon says:

    My herb garden on my back porch kicked the bucket recently too. :( I think it may have been too hot for them! Guess we’ll just have to embrace our black thumbs and purchase them at the grocery store! :)

    Shannon
    Fabulously Vintage
    http://fabulouslyvintage.blogspot.com/

  3. rooth says:

    Haha, I definitely have a black thumb and haven’t even thought about attempting to try and grow my own. Although with the rain that we’ve gotten, they probably would have drowned anyway

  4. Courtney says:

    Aw, I feel your black thumb pain. Love plants, but have yet to learn to grow them. At least we can support the gardeners and farmers who do their work so well!

  5. ashley says:

    I’m likin’ the new look :)

    I keep killing my plants, so don’t take advice from me…hahaha.

  6. Sophie says:

    Hi Jillian,
    I’m no expert but by the look of it one of the reasons why your herbs didn’t flourish could have been that they didn’t have enough space to grow roots! Also, the mistake I sometimes make is give them water too often. But this year we left our very few house plants without water for 3 weeks and some of them Loved it! And none of them died.
    I just discovered your blog and I find it very relaxing and entertaining!

    • jillian m. says:

      You’re probably right about that! Either way, I’ve just come to the conclusion that having plants isn’t for me. At least, not while I live in a tiny apartment. Maybe someday if I get a house with a garden or backyard. Maybe…

      And thank you! Welcome!

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