A brief story of my day.
Went to a garden center today with Dad.
Couldn't find a lot of seeds.
Inquired to know why one brand of seeds cost more than another. Woman helping me said she used the expensive brand. I got that one. It had prettier packaging anyway, so HA.
I decided on lettuce basil, lemon basil and plain old oregano. I wanted to get specific types of oregano, but nooo. Apparently the girl with Google is more knowledgeable about types of herbs than the huge-ass garden center that sells seeds.
They also didn't have a specific type of rosemary. I wanted to try to find either Arp or Madalene Hill, because I read that both stand up to winters well. Decided to look for more specific types of rosemary in the seedlings section.
Got organic perlite, potting soil and fertilizer.
Couldn't find pot saucers...?!
Went to look at the seedlings.
Picked up chocolate mint and peppermint.
Went to put seedlings in our wagon.
Could not find wagon.
Tried to maneuver wagon around a cart.
Stressed out about not being able to.
"How am I supposed to drive a friggin' car when I can't operate a wagon?"
Oh, yeah, I drove for the first time yesterday. I'm not very good at it.
Kind lady moved cart, and we set out go back to the seedlings.
Found the seedlings section again.
Picked up some fat-spike lavender and garlic chives.
Looked at seedlings for rosemary but they just had ones labeled "Barbecue" and "Upright". Decided I might as well grow them from the seed.
Looked around for lemon balm. This took a while because they didn't label it very well.
Found a plant that looked like lemon balm, and was next to the lemon grass seedlings. Was not sure that this was, in fact, lemon balm, so picked it up and found a dude who was helping out a very Chatty Lady.
Waited several minutes for said Chatty Lady to stop chatting.
Saw Dad getting frustrated, and reminded him that he is very awesome for bringing me here and putting up with people like Chatty Lady.
Overheard helper dude say his name was Danny. Apparently Chatty Lady cannot read because his name was embroidered on his shirt.
Finally, Chatty Lady went away. I asked Danny if it was lemon balm. He said, "Uhh, it smells like it."
He began to say that he could not guarantee that it was definitely lemon balm, whilst Dad found a tiny little sign hidden in a flurry of leaves that let us know that it was lemon balm.
Found our way back to the main store and paid. Remembered that I forgot to get gravel, but we'd already resolved to get a few things at Home Depot at a later date, and plus Dad was getting tired.
Reminded Dad that he is awesome.
Got slightly lost as we tried to find our car, but not too lost.
Loaded everything into trunk. Remembered that I never got the rosemary seeds. Didn't say anything because I knew I'd get a frustrated and tired, "Marielle" from Dad. Instead chose to thank him and remind him that he is awesome.
So basically, I have 2 smaller pots which will house each of the mints, a medium pot which will house the rosemary, and a large pot which will house both the lemon balm and the garlic chives. Then, in the 13-hole strawberry pot which can be seen in the background of the first picture, I'm going to plant 4 holes with lettuce basil, 4 holes with lemon basil, 4 holes with oregano and at the top I'll plant the lavender.
I'm planting them that way based on what I've read about how each one needs to grow (soil moistness, sun, etc...) and obviously the mints shant be touching anything else lest I really want them to overtake all my herbs.
I'm a big n00b when it comes to this stuff, so if you see a problem with how I'm planning to plant these speak now or forever hold your peace and then watch me be sad about it. Of course I'll do more research but yeah.
To get at Home Depot:
PVC pipe (for the strawberry pot to help with watering)
If you have any tips (like what the heck I'm doing with perlite and how to fertilize soil) they would be much appreciated. It appears I have bitten off more than I know how to chew. :)
Hope everyone has had a great weekend!