This is what my garden looked like when I planted it, and what it looks like now.
Yay! Stuff is growing and not dying! And best of all, I don't hate it. Yes, ants have completely infested my box, which is terrifying. And yes, the organic soil we use makes our backyard smell like a barnyard on warm, humid days. Still, all things considered, it's going really well!
My pepper plants got these pretty flowers on them.
Then, a week or so later, they started growing peppers! Huzzah!
My basil, though, is my favorite. It grew so much! I had to pinch off the flowers, though, because my mom warned me several times that terrible things happen if you don't. The problem was that I didn't know they were flowers. They were the same color as the leaves, only smaller and slightly pointier, so I thought they were just baby leaves. Apparently that is incorrect.
So far, I have even remembered to water everything daily. It makes me like rain even more, because it's like a get-out-of-watering-free day.
I also had to prune my basil because it was growing so much! I cut about half of it off, and it still looks full and healthy! This is how much I pruned off.
I hung some of it to dry,
and made pesto with the rest. The recipe I used called for two cups of packed fresh basil leaves.
It was really easy. I just put the leaves and 1/3 cup of pine nuts in the food processor and blended. Then added three garlic cloves, blended some more, and then drizzled in 1/2 cup olive oil. I blended in 1/2 cup parmesan and some salt, and it was ready! So cool!
I even had a pesto jar that I had saved for just such an occasion. It made it look so official!
The only problem I had while making the pesto was washing the basil! Immediately, there was a spider on top of my bowl, with long, spindly legs and pincers and evil and stuff. It was horrible, and I washed it down the drain and then drowned it with about a gallon of water while pouring in dish soap, just to be safe.
Also, the whole time I was washing the leaves, there were all these tiny green jumpy bugs that I had to keep killing. I don't know what they were, but they were ridiculously fast.
Gardening is hard.
BUT yay for a garden doing garden-y things and not cemetary-y things!