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A new home for my herbs

My windowsill herb garden is no more! No worries, it’s not quite as drastic as it sounds – happily, my dear little plants are still alive and kicking, but they’ve been moved into a new home on my front porch, ensconced in larger planters to give them more space to expand and (hopefully) thrive.

I can’t honestly say that I know what I’m doing (you know that I’m just a gardening newbie), so I hope I haven’t done anything too wrong! I tried to be as gentle with the plants as possible, and gave them a good drink once they were settled into their new home. Most of the plants came out of their pots quite easily (and the ones in the little red pots seemed rather root-bound, so it’s probably a good idea to have transplanted them when I did), but the sage came out a little too easily, and I had to very carefully replant each of the small droopy seedlings. They perked up within a few hours, though, so with any luck they’ll be just fine.

I suspect a few of my plants will need to be thinned again fairly soon, but I think I’ll give them a couple of days to get acclimatized to their new space.

The very first morning after I’d done the transplanting, I found evidence that a small creature – a bird? a squirrel? – had been digging in my planters! There didn’t seem to have been any damage done to the plants themselves, and not too much dirt had actually been kicked out of the planters, so perhaps it was just the neighbourhood wildlife checking out the new developments on my front porch.

Here are a couple of pictures of the herbs this morning. As always, clicking on each photo will take you to the larger version on Flickr.

05-24-2012 Container herb garden 1

05-24-2012 Container herb garden 2

My husband has built a simple wooden stand for the planters (it just needs to be painted before it can be installed) so that the herbs will be within easy reach (and also so that the planters will be able to drain properly).

Here’s hoping all of my wee plants start to take off, and that we’ll be enjoying the fruits of my labour in the months to come!

So, how is your garden growing?

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.