Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Urban gardening

Kyle and I planted basil, parsley, oregano, zinnia and nasturtiums. We love watching them grow.

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The basil is the fastest of the bunch. Some unidentified bug seems to like munching on it so we might need to re-plant at least some of it and bring it inside. The nasturtiums and zinnias are doing pretty well too, despite their initial shyness.


  1. Lovely! I've been active in gardening this summer as well.

  2. I am not sure if the thing that I've been doing should be called gardening, but I'm loving it. It's almost therapeutic.

  3. We harvested our first round of basil last year. I actually just harvested the first batch of this year's harvest last week, and it's currently drying. We also have rosemary, dill, mint, and hell if I know what else :) Evy planted so much that our balcony and window sills are all covered with plants and herbs/spices.

    It's nice though. Nothing rocks more than fresh herbs/spices when you are cooking. And knowing you did it yourself, 100% green and without the use of preservatives and other garbage, just makes it that much better.

    Hard part about living in an apartment is no room for growing actual veggies/etc. Ah well, have to wait for a house for that bit :) Thankfully living in Bulgaria means that every family owns land somewhere, and everyone knows a grandma somewhere who loads you up on plenty of fresh tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. Evy's grandmother is coming by again today with another load of fresh garden goods for us, so we rarely have to buy that stuff at the store.

  4. Do you know about soap spray as a compromise between insecticide and letting your plants die before starting over?

    1:10 or 1:20 ratio dishsoap (or even castille soap like Dr. Brommer's):water. Spray any visible bugs and top of soil. Let it sit for 5-10 min. Spray the leaves of the plant with water gently to rinse some of the soap off.

    This has worked for my basil troubles in the past.