Quick Herb Growing Update

It’s been several weeks since I did a post about planting basil, parsley and chives to keep on my windowsill. ( See that post here: https://beautyandthebaking.wordpress.com/2014/03/09/first-time-herb-growing/)

I thought I would give a quick update to show how much (or how little) they have grown and give my thoughts on what I would do differently next time I plant herbs.

 

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Top left: Parsley, Top right: Chives, Bottom: Basil

So as you can see from the photo all three have started to grow. The parsley began growing a lot sooner than the other two and has filled out the pot much faster than the other two. The basil has only just started to rear its head, just as I was giving up hope. After doing some research online I’ve decided that I’m going to need to take out some of the parsley seedlings as the pot is becoming increasingly overcrowded. I’m a bit nervous about doing this as I don’t want to kill them all off! Anyway I’ll let you know how that goes!

Things I will do differently next time:

  • Despite me being initially drawn in my the cuteness of the metal buckets to grow the herbs in, they don’t have any drainage holes in the bottom. I now realise that drainage holes are quite important and stop your soil from becoming water logged. Next time I will just use basic plastic growing pots from somewhere like Wilkinsons.
  • The instructions on the growing set lead me to believe that you should put all the seeds in the pots but I think on reflection it would have been much more sensible to spread them thinly and just save some seeds for another time. This would help to reduce the overcrowding problem and maybe help me to avoiding weeding out or transplanting some of the seedlings.

Anyway, I’m just glad that the seedlings are growing!

P.S.I have also planted some seeds/bulbs from the box below so let me know if you want any updates about how tomatoes, radishes,mixed salad leaves or onions are growing!

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