My First Garden Project!
Happy Tuesday everyone!
Wow, a blog post in the middle of the week?? I feel weird not recapping a weekend on late Monday night, but hey, when you have a lot of free time open up in the middle of the week (thank you temp work), you gotta take advantage of what you have! I have had a great day today with projects and some self-care! Sometimes it’s good to just take on a project and get it done! I’m currently sitting here drinking a cup of coffee with loads of sunlight pouring into my sunroom, and I wanted to get a quick blog post out before I head to my haircut!
I’ve wanted to plant an herb garden for a little over a year now. This first started back when I lived in my apartment before Michigan, but it was a horribly dim apartment that got almost zero direct sunlight. I think it’s mostly why I was terribly depressed last year. Even with the blinds completely open, it got about as bright as my current place with all the shades drawn. Not a great place for even an indoor herb garden.
So I decided to hold off.
And then the idea came back to me over this past weekend when Travis and I sat outside on my back patio and I saw the leftover garden plot from the people who used to live in this house. They had strawberries and while my mom and I enjoyed them last summer, we ultimately decided to pull them all up because we didn’t want to deal with the upkeep. My mom enjoys flowers more so than fruits and veggies. I told him and my mom that I wanted to plant an herb garden, and after my mom finished her part of the plot with some of my grandmother’s monkey grass, she left a little square for me to plant some pots.
I woke up this morning with sheer determination to MAKE SOMETHING.
So after my normal breakfast of an English muffin and a cup of coffee, I headed off to Home Depot.
Let me tell you about what happened the second I set foot inside that store.
Something inside me just shut down. I had no idea where anything was. This was literally the first time I have ever shopped at that store alone. It took me 30 minutes to find a shovel, and the only reason I found out was because I had to ask one of the workers! I hate Home Depot because it is a literal smörgåsbord of everything I suck at. I was never really taught about home repair or renovation growing up, and I was certainly not blessed with a green thumb. I was like a clueless little child walking through the garden section, and I panic-texted Travis the whole time! I’m pretty sure he was laughing at me the whole time.
After I got over the panic, I found my herbs!
I checked out, headed to Office Max to buy a phone cord for my car, and headed to Chick-fil-A for lunch! I had a leftover gift card from my birthday and was saving it for a rainy day!
Once I devoured my lunch like an animal, I had to cook some ground turkey before it went bad. I decided I wanted tacos so I made some homemade taco seasoning. It tastes so much better than store-bought and it helps me with my recent resolution to eat intuitively.
Once the meat was cooked, I brewed myself a cup of afternoon coffee, and stepped outside to get to work! Georgia is famous for its gorgeous red clay, so a LOT of it was dug up in the process. I met some adorable puppies while I was digging too! I love living in this little neighborhood with all of the people and their cute animals! (They’re not so cute when they start barking while walking at around midnight, true story, but it’s all good)
It wasn’t very hard work, I just dug up the dirt, loosened the soil, planted the herbs, covered them back up, and then watered all of them. I’ve just never enjoyed doing yard work in any capacity. I’ve told Travis that he has to prepare to be almost fully responsible for all of the yard work if we ever get a place with a yard. He’s okay with that. I’m so lucky to have him.
Once I was finished, I was pretty damn proud of myself. It was a small project, but I still felt accomplished.
It also felt good to be outside. Now that I’ve got more free time in the week, I’ve been spending too much time inside. It may be really hot, but my back patio turns shady by about four in the afternoon, so it will be great to have my evenings back once I get back to a normal shift at a different job. AND I’ll feel better about not spending any more money on herbs at the grocery store. Yes, it’s economical to get the fresh herbs, but I hate buying a whole bunch of herbs for one recipe and then the bunch going to waste once I use not even an eighth of it. Cilantro, parsley, and rosemary are the three most commonly used spices in any of my recipes, considering I stay within Mexican and Italian cuisine. I’m so excited about this!
So with all that said, I have some questions for you:
- What are your favorite herbs with which to cook?
- Do you love to garden?
Let me know in the comments below, and everyone have a great rest of the week!