Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Small Things

 Sometimes the big things seem to really get me down. That's when the small things matter most.
This year, with a small outdoor balcony (last year I had a door I could open for fresh air, but no space), I've got a grill, a table and chairs and, now, planters.

Herbs come first. I bought oregano, dill, thyme, mint, basil, marjoram, cilantro, chives and parsley (flat AND curly)...Then I saw the seed packets and I planted peas and beans, chard and Brussels sprouts (I kid you not, I LOVE the sprouts)...

And then? THEN I saw lettuces. I had to have them. I bought 12 tiny seedlings, transplanted them immediately and now I get at least a salad a week from them. And when the lettuce bolts? Well, that's the box that holds the beans and the peas, and I'll fill in with more.

I cannot tell you the pleasure I get from going out with some scissors, cutting off the biggest leaves, tossing in some dill, basil and cilantro and having a salad.

It's the small things that give me comfort when the big things bug me most.


Jen @ My Morning Chocolate said...

Fresh herbs make such a difference. My parents have several pots of herbs, and I also love cutting off sprigs of rosemary, basil, and mint and using them right away in my cooking. It sounds like you have a lovely garden; I'm glad you're enjoying it!

Anjuli said...

oh I love the fact you can go out and snip off what you need!!!! I'm just amazed at your ability to grow things- I'm still hobbling along with some plants my friend planted for me- I only hope I don't kill them