I’m calling this one a success, even though I didn’t get to make pesto! I figured if I was growing something it should be something useful, even though the original plan was for something just for aesthetic value.
I picked up the Lemon Mrs. Burns basil from what used to be a farm stand and is now a grocery store and greenhouse near my house back in May and planted them that day!
This item came from Caroline’s suggestions to my list and I really liked the idea for a couple of reasons. I don’t really have a green thumb, so that would make it a challenge, it would either be beautiful or useful (or both) AND, most importantly, one of my coworkers from my old job gave me a set of beautiful handmade clay pots she made with me in mind!
Isn’t it gorgeous? She gave me two of them, the other is a little smaller and I use it as my pencil/pen holder at work.
For the first few weeks I convinced myself nothing would grow and when it did I got super excited—and might’ve done a dance! Unfortunately, I didn’t look up HOW to grow it until I’d already started and was past the point where I was supposed to trim it down so that it didn’t look tall, lanky and a little sickly. But that’s absolutely okay because I still have seeds and I’m going to try again!
As you can see, below, I did let them grow too tall, but eventually trimmed them down and they got bushier. They weren’t going to get any bushier (after some internet searching), so I decided a few weeks ago to pull them out and will start again in the next few weeks!
Like I said, I haven’t given up yet! I’m going to try again because I really want to make homemade pesto! When I visited Tara in NYC as part of my list, we made a delicious Mint Pea Pesto and I’ve always wanted to make a basil pesto because pesto is one of my favorite food items ever! Seriously, I’d probably eat it with a spoon if it weren’t so salty on its own.
I’ve got a few more items to cross off next weekend, hopefully, so keep an eye out!