Herb troubleshooting – help!June 27, 2009
So here is my garlic-in-progress, beginning with Ricardo’s special housewarming garlic, of which I took one clove and planted it.
By day 5, all was well; new growth was peeping out of the potting mix. Day 8, it was up and at ‘em and lovely bright green.
But we’re at day 14 now, and I am a bit worried about it – it’s taller, but it is looking rather wan – pale and washed out.
Any advice?? Am I overwatering? Not enough sun? Need food already?? It did rain a lot in the last couple of weeks…
Luckily, if this one doesn’t make it I have a plan B – thanks to the fabulous Cate Kennedy, she of the stunning short story collection Dark Roots (as well as a new novel in the works and, I am proud to say, being a contributor to our new anthology Brothers & Sisters, out in November – her story is a killer).
I arrived home yesterday to a little packet in my letterbox. When I opened it, I was thrilled to find a little plastic zip-lock bag full of baby garlic plants! This package was accompanied by a card from Cate saying she’d read my blather here about Oz garlic being hard to find, and yanked these out of her Victorian lawn.
How good is that?? Have planted those babies today and you’ll see them appearing here very soon I hope!
In the meantime, I’ve also begun planning my herb garden, which will go under the bathroom window as soon as the window frame is painted.
Am raising some thyme, basil and parsley from seed.
At least, I’m raising some basil and thyme, as you can see – but what’s gone on with the damn parsley?? Not a peep. Two weeks in, and nutting doing.
Once again (Jamie, are you out there?), I need help! Will it come up? Dud seed packet? too cold? What have I done wrong?