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Update on the Victory Garden

It has been 2 weeks since my son and I planted our fresh herbs for the victory garden. I thought an update and a couple of pictures were in order:


Now the seeds are nicely sprouted, so it is time to take off the cover and set the planter in a sunny spot.


Isn’t that some lovely basil? I am supposed to wait for the “true leaves” to appear before I snip the seeds back to one or two per square. Don’t worry about the waste though, micro basil is lovely!


Hard to believe that this will become thyme! One of my favorite herbs by far, I wonder what micro thyme tastes like?


Lovely, majestic coriander. This will be so lovely in my Thai Curry Soup.

So far it has been a lovely project to do with my son. The anticipation, the wonder when we propped the lid off far outweighs the 15 dollars spent on the project. Being able to grow your own? Priceless.

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  • Mike April 20, 2011, 8:36 am

    I’ve always wondered about microgreens. Does micro basil taste so much different than regular basil? I’ve only seen them used on TV, and even then it’s for garnish.

  • Jason Sandeman April 20, 2011, 9:28 am

    @Mike – Imagine that you were eating a sprout that had a subtle back note of basil. When you eat a basil leaf, it is right in your face. When you eat a basil micro, you can tell the flavor is there, but it is just a hint. Like a tease, really.

  • Robert J. Stone April 22, 2011, 1:03 am

    Hey Jason, I think it’s great that you take time to do this kind of stuff with your son. That’s where it all starts, children learning from their parents. Too few parents these days have time (or desire) to teach their kids the essentials. I remember getting some corn seeds from CornNuts and planting them in the backyard, and I would wake up excited to see how much the plants grew over night. Some days they grew like 4 inches! It seemed like magic. Take this opportunity to spend time on the things that REALLY matter, like family and dreams!

  • Jason Sandeman April 22, 2011, 9:53 am

    @Robert – Thank you for the kind words! I am so happy to pass off the excitement to my son. I agree that these days we are blessed with the ability to pass off our knowledge to the little ones. My goal is to make my son realize that REAL food is where it is at.

  • vanillasugarblog April 22, 2011, 8:30 pm

    i have 1 and 1/2 acres of backyard. come over and do a garden for me? i hate it and should learn to love it—right?

  • Jason Sandeman April 23, 2011, 8:59 am

    @vanillasugarblog – Wow, I am jealous. I suggest the All New Square Foot garden by Mel Barthalomew. That way it is actually FUN to garden. More posts on that later. I never was a huge fan of all the weeding, digging, back-breaking work involved in gardening. Mel’s system is actually pretty straight forward, and you don’t need all that. Good in my books!

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