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Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Life out of work | 0 comments

My Mini Herbal Garden

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.

My mini herbal garden

See the cute green bell pepper?

Or harvesting Gotu Kola (thanks to my good friend Joy) which I eat every day (for increased memory and blood circulation).

My mini herbal garden

Gotu Kola for memory enhancement and healthier blood flow

Or steeping the leaves of my asitava for various health benefits.

my mini herbal garden

Asitava has many health benefits

Or smelling the aromatic leaves of my basil (thanks to our generous cousin Jay who gave me a pot of it).

Basil has an incomparable aroma

Basil has an incomparable aroma

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.

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