My Mini Herbal Garden
It has always been my dream to have my own herbal garden. Having lived in a condominium-style apartment which did not have space or the proper conditions (I thought) for growing plants, I always fantasized about stepping into a herbal garden where I could pick the herbs I would use for my various tasty dishes. (Yes, I am a very good cook….my family and friends can attest that they never suffered from constipation or indigestion after eating the results of my gastronomic efforts).
When the hubby and I started a fam, I knew I had every chance of starting a herbal garden since we lived in places that had the space and the conditions for it. But nah, procrastination was always my enemy. I always had an excuse for starting one, like:
I am a working mom, I don’t have the time for it
The kids will just destroy it
We only rent so I’ll only waste time planting because I can’t take my garden to another place
And so on….
Thanks to my freelancing career, I now have the spare time to do it.
Thanks for the years gone by, my kids are all grown up.
Thanks for the place we are currently renting (yeah, enough of the renting excuse), because it has a nice place to grow plants on, albeit just a small one.
Finally, I have my mini herbal garden. I started this just a few months ago and I have no regrets. It gives me something new to look forward to every day.
Like my bell pepper plants which are already bearing fruits.
Or harvesting Gotu Kola (thanks to my good friend Joy) which I eat every day (for increased memory and blood circulation).
Or steeping the leaves of my asitava for various health benefits.
Or smelling the aromatic leaves of my basil (thanks to our generous cousin Jay who gave me a pot of it).
Or seeing my Chinese Moringa Oleifera grow its first set of leaves.
Or chopping the day’s vegetable peelings for composting and collecting our rice washing which I mix with plain tap water and some urine for watering my plants.
Or getting the admiring glances of our neighbors and hearing their nice comments like, “Your plants are very nice to look at – they’re very healthy.”
Not to mention that just staring at my plants gives me rest and relaxation from hammering my keyboard whenever I need to beat deadlines….which is everyday.
So, if you’re planning to start an herbal garden, do it right away, and you’ll be reaping not just herbs, but the satisfaction of having accomplished something really worthwhile.