Skylight Herb Garden Update

I’ve been seeing a lot of great photos the last couple weeks of everyone’s gardens. I’m a bit jealous of all that soil you all have in your yards for tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, etc (we don’t even have a balcony)! But my skylight herb garden is doing well. We’ve used the chives and cilantro and I did an aggressive basil harvest, which I was very scared of doing.

First Basil Harvest

Thank goodness the plants survived and are now back and much bigger than they were because we love pesto! I took the photo below a few days ago. Everything has already grown taller since then (but the sun is too bright right now to get a good photo). I hadn’t seen the Rosemary grow in a few weeks so I was excited yesterday to notice a few new needles on the top of each branch when we got back from our trip.

Skylight Herb Garden

RIP Sage Bush

Despite my horrible history with plants, I’ve only managed to kill the sage bush. It probably helps that I was really paranoid and checked all the herbs twice a day for the first month. I still don’t know what I could have done for the sage since it couldn’t take the heat in the skylight but didn’t get enough sun anywhere else in our apartment… dried sage it is.

RIP Sage Bush

Chives

I discovered that chives don’t like too much sun, so I put them against the wall in partial shade, and they grow like crazy. I bring them down every couple of days because we don’t eat them as fast as they grow and I discovered that one of our cats loves to trim the ends. She even cries for them when she sees me watering!

Chive Trimming

Looks like a smile, doesn’t it?

Chive Trimming