I was outside walking my bichon, Gabby, the other day, and we took a stroll through the garden. It was a nice day out, and when I find myself in the garden in winter, I am always dreaming about what I want to plant and where I want to plant it.
If you garden, you know that you need to move where you plant some species so that disease does not get into the ground over the years. I am speaking of my dear friends, the tomatoes!
You probably don’t even know I raise tomatoes since last year I had about 20 plants and never picked a single tomato! It was definitely not a good tomato year. Anyway, I love planning, hoping, dreaming, and scheming about my garden, even though we are still a few weeks away from planting.
I wanted to share a little discovery I made here in Hutchinson, something that can bring the garden into anyone’s kitchen – at Smith’s Market!
I purchased a lovely Basil plant for a mere $2.99, placed it by my sink (which is under a window), and have used it lots. It has stayed healthy and green and wonderful for almost 2 weeks now and is just the touch of green I needed to remind me of my garden when outside it is cold.
At Smith’s Market you can buy other herbs, too; I just bought the Basil to see how it would last. On my next trip down to Smith’s I am going to purchase some other varieties of these herbs that are grown in Hesston and are just fabulous. I would recommend them to anyone who likes cooking with fresh herbs or for anyone who just likes to run a leaf between your fingers and smell the wonderful aroma of summertime!
My one hint on keeping it perky is to put the container in a bigger bowl and water it probably every other day. It soaks up a lot of water, so watch it carefully and you will be rewarded quite nicely!
Here’s to gardening inside when the outside is chilly! Have a great day!