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Friday, June 14, 2013

How to Be Awesome at Gardening: Part Two

Remember a while back I posted about my latest attempt to grow things here?  Well, now it's time for an update.

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!


  1. Homemade pesto?! My hubby would think I had hung the moon if I made pesto. I just might try this!

    1. I was surprised how easy it was! If I'd known that, I would have started making it a long time ago! :o)

  2. I'm so proud of you and you are so sweet for not saying that your herb garden is doing WAY better than mine..for the moment.:)Because it certainly is. Your's looks wonderful!

    You are an awesome gardener/cook/food preserver.
    It will be hard to practice canning plum jelly with the 2, yes 2, plums on my new trees. We will use the farmer's market this year, but next year?!

    Well done!
    Love Mom

  3. Sorry, "yours"
    Gardening excitement made me trip on my grammar.