Our First Herb and Vegetable Garden

I’ve never had much of a green thumb.  When I was a kid, my sister and I decided one year that we absolutely needed to have a garden.  Our parents finally caved in to our demands (thanks mom and dad) and we planted a garden in the backyard.  I think my sister and I cared for those plants for about a week (and that’s a generous estimate) and then we left them to die.  Poor things.  Needless to say we were not allowed to have a garden ever again.

I have wanted to try growing herbs on our back patio for some time, but was a little scared by my previous experience.  Finally, as a test run last year, we planted some flowers in pots.  And once again they died a quick death. Yikes.  What was even worse was the fact that I actually tried (well tried more than when I was a kid) to take care of them this time.

So my husband and I decided that this was going to be our year.  We were finally going to successfully grow herbs (and even vegetables).  Off to the store we went and we spent the better part of a weekend deciding what to plant and then actually doing the work outside.

Our First Herb and Vegetable Garden

I’m happy to report that our plants are doing well!  Turns out my husband is actually pretty good at the whole gardening thing.  We were a little disappointed that our cilantro and parsley both died fairly quickly, but everything else is moving along nicely.

So here’s our lineup for this year:  Tomatoes (both cherry and regular), peppers, zucchini and basil.

Our First Herb and Vegetable Garden

Our First Herb and Vegetable Garden

Our First Herb and Vegetable Garden

Some are doing better than others, but we’re proud of our little garden.  We have a bit of a challenge since we just have a small area out back, so we weren’t sure if pots were the way to go (or plant them directly in the tiny bit of soil).  We decided to try both ways, so we’ll see how they turn out.

So, tell me.  What are your best gardening tips?  Please and thank you for any advice you send my way.

And because I couldn’t resist.  Here’s a photo of our beagle enjoying the garden.  She likes to roll in the dirt.

Our First Herb and Vegetable Garden