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Committing Herbicide

After much figurative weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth, I finally summoned the intestinal fortitude to take a pair of tweezers (as per suggestions I saw on a couple of message boards) and thin my baby herb plants.

Actually, I only tackled the oregano and the sweet basil, as the others still seem (at least to my newbie gardener eyes) relatively uncrowded for their particular stage of growth. And I have no idea if I thinned them enough, or too much… or whether my method was correct or dead wrong… but I suppose we shall see!

After the deed was done, I reminded myself that I am growing these herbs for eating, after all… and so I sampled the thinnings. The sweet basil was just ok – still not mature enough, perhaps, to have achieved full flavour (though the smell is divine) – but the oregano… oh, the oregano! Young as it is, the oregano tastes pungent and earthy and lingering, a promising prelude to some as-yet unconcocted batch of spicy pasta sauce that will simmer on my stovetop in the not-so-distant future.

For those keeping track of my herb garden’s progress, I share with you the latest photos for your perusal, including the results of my thinning bravery. As always, clicking on each photo will take you to the larger version on Flickr.

(Pssst… my sage is now up!)


05-02-2012 Chives


05-02-2012 Sage


05-02-2012 Thyme


05-02-2012 Parsley

Oregano (before thinning)

05-02-2012 Oregano before thinning

Oregano (after thinning)

05-02-2012 Oregano after thinning

Basil (before thinning)

05-02-2012 Basil before thinning

Basil (after thinning)

05-02-2012 Basil after thinning

The results of my bravery

05-02-2012 Basil & Oregano thinnings

Hopefully now that I’ve committed herbicide for the first time, the discomfiting process of baby plant thinning will get easier. And having had my first taste of the fruits of my labours adds a whole new dimension to this little venture!

So, how is your garden growing?

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • melanie jean juneau
    May 2, 2012

    Looking wonderful. You realize that next time you need to thin you might be able to transpant some of the seedlings if the roots aren’t tangled? AND you can thin as you need them to flavour your food.You are becoming addicted already!!

    • Laurel Regan
      May 3, 2012

      Great idea! The oregano would have been difficult to transplant at this stage, as it’s so crowded and tiny – but it would probably work with the sweet basil. I’m having a lot of fun with this!
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  • Megan May 2, 2012

    Ouch, that had to hurt, but I can see how it was deemed necessary. I have no herb garden, still.
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  • Jenn May 3, 2012

    I’ve not grown herbs before–but it looks good to me 🙂

    Cheers, Jenn
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  • Winnie May 3, 2012

    You will be hooked after you eat them. I can’t wait to some soon (too cool here). I have luck with basil (zoo much) and oregano just NEVER dies..I have it for years since in my yard! It just has a mind of its own as does the chives. The only thing that don’t work for me is parsley as it is mild and and the bunnies come and eat it to the ground the day after it sprouts!
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    • Laurel Regan
      May 3, 2012

      Good to know, Winnie – I love that it comes back! I haven’t seen any bunnies around here, but we have a multitude of squirrels – I hope they’re not into herbs!
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  • Susan
    May 6, 2012

    I’ve never thinned my herbs. What I need to do is remember to what everything! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos!
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