Post by snuffaluffalee on May 4, 2019 11:08:31 GMT -5
It's been a little over five months since I received the Harvest Elite as a gift. I grew up surrounded by plants, from family greenhouses, flower beds, and community gardening. This has allowed me to really appreciate gardening within an apartment.
I grew a garden throughout January--thai and genovese basil, mint, thyme, and dill. Unfortunately had to leave abruptly due to family issues and could not find anyone to care for the garden while I was gone for 10 days. The only things that survived, somewhat, were the basils. After a week, I repotted them. The Genovese died within the month but the thai grew flowers and I was able to collect the seeds!
March 24 - Started growing dill, lime basil, rosemary, cilantro, thyme, and chives. The dill, once again, took over everything, quickly followed by the basil. Below picture is my current little garden. I had to pot the dill to give other things a change to grow...
Current hydroponic garden. The second time around I learned the importance of not allowing light to get to the water. So much green algae. Placed a piece of cardboard over the hole where the used to be. This forum was helpful in finding a green algae fix btw! The rosemary is super stunted it seems, only about an inch high and the cilantro took nearly a month to even sprout.
A special shout out to the propagated thai and genovese basil. I took clippings from the previous garden, rooted them, and they are really thriving. Well, the thai basil is. The Genovese is rather stalky? I feel as if I did something wrong when I took that clipping. In any case, I take about two leaves a week and add them to sandwiches.
Question: The lime basil has been trying to flower for two weeks now. I keep pinching off the buds. I know with thai basil it's okay to let them flower... if I did the same with the lime basil, will it ruin the leaves?
Post by snuffaluffalee on May 12, 2019 6:01:34 GMT -5
@shawn - this is the first time I've tried making a syrup of any type. There was much youtubing. It seems that there are different approaches people take. The approach I took was to make the simple syrup (1 cup water, 1 cup sugar--boiled until the sugar dissolves), then muddle the leaves once the simple syrup cools. Strain with cheesecloth and store in your container. There is a definitely a limey taste to the syrup, but it's a bit too sweet for me. I'll be making iced tea lemonade/limeade with it today so limes/lemons will also be added to enhance the flavour.
mike- Thanks for the heads up on the lime basil flowers. I wasn't sure if they went bitter. I've heard that it depends on the basil. They grow so quickly and so much that making the syrup is a great way to use a bulk of it in one go!
Post by clumsythumbs on May 17, 2019 21:35:24 GMT -5
Congrats on all your AG successes snuffaluffalee!! I also started around the same time as you (early January). I did an herb garden that I terminated, transplanted about 2 months ago to do pepper garden. And my first salad garden I just terminated. Going to replant this weekend. I am glad you are having so much fun and learning. I echo your sentiments. But now I fear I have forgotten must of what I initially learned, as I have been on auto pilot the last 6 weeks.