This spring I set about having my biggest herb and tomato garden errr porch ever. My first married summer we were living in an apartment and had a very small patio. My grandfather gave me a potted tomato plant. It was semi-successful in that I got a couple of small-medium tomatoes off of it before squirrels and cats ate it.
Last summer I purchased a couple of herbs and one tomato plant and they all failed. Mainly due to a pesky puppy who either dug them up or knocked them off. It was very tragic and I still do not like to talk about it to this day.
This summer I decided I’d move things up to the front porch where the dog wouldn’t be able to get to them unless supervised. I bought new pots and spray painted them a cute color and set about planting. It took me a whole day between buying the plants, the pots, spray painting, and planting. But I was super excited to try to hand at the green thumb.
So I started off with 4 tomato plants (of various species), 1 jalepeno plant, 2 cilantros, 2 basils, 1 thyme, 1 rosemary, 1 chive, 1 mint, and 1 parsley.
This is all the tomato I got out of my FOUR plants:
Yeah. Pathetic. The jalepeno plant did great at first, then it stopped, but now its got 3 on it.
My herbs started off really well. After a few weeks my cilantro died. The mint kicked the bucket a couple of weeks ago. I have to say my favorite was the thyme. It was an impulse purchase, but I am so glad that I gave into it. I’ve really enjoyed using the rosemary and thyme in various dishes. I think I’ve used the basil more than anything.
While I wouldn’t say my third forary into tomato plants was successful, I’m glad I made some progress this year.
What experience have you had with herbs and vegetables?