Windowbox Rescue

We’ve been talking about gardens this month in the Kitchn and I’m noticing that I’ve been feeling a little green…with envy, that is. As an apartment building dweller, I have no sunny plot to plant my dream garden in, no cute little seedlings to coo over, no arugula plot to tame.

Kathryn’s stoop solution is also out of the picture as my front entrance is neither sunny or a stoop. And the Power Plant Mini's vibe is a little too industrial (and expensive) for my wabi-sabi life. However, that's all about to change...

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I’ve been nursing a spindly geranium in my alley-facing window box for several weeks. Just a few days ago it squeezed out a few cheery looking blossoms and this inspired me to impulsively purchase the Italian Herb Garden from Trader Joe’s yesterday. This handy-dandy plastic pot contains three of my most favorite herbs—rosemary, thyme and oregano—already planted and ready for snipping. Not to mention, it was only $7.99!

I’ll admit I’m cautious. I know this can’t last forever. I mean, these plants are going to start to grow, right? But even if I get a few weeks worth of fresh thyme out of the deal it’s worth it. Besides, I swear the geranium perked up a little when Italian Herb Garden moved in. Now, does TJ's also do potted basil plants?

(Images: Flickr member rollerboogie, licensed under Creative Commons; and Dana Velden)

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Dana Velden is a freelance food writer. She lives, eats, plays, and gets lost in Oakland, California where she is in the throes of raising her first tomato plant.