I am no longer the Angel of Death for plants!
After a recent tip that the smell of basil is a natural repellent to flies, I decided that my kitchen could really use a little green while I worked on the craft room painting project. While at the store, I purchased a cute little planter and three varieties of basil: purple, sweet, and ??? (- I’ve already forgotten!). Following the directions on the back of the plant packets, I planted the seeds approximately 1/8 of an inch below the top of the soil and watered it just enough to make the top soil damp. I placed the planter on the kitchen windowsill and walked away (and snapped a quick fuzzy photo).
A last-ditch effort of moving the planter changed my fate. The kitchen faces the backyard, which I realized is too covered in trees to receive enough sunlight for a sun-loving plant like basil. By moving it to the front porch, it took only two more days to finally breathe a sigh of relief … is that green I see?
Yes! Success! Woo hoo! It’s only a teeny tiny little victory, but to anyone who has ever accomplished a teeny tiny victory for the first time (this is for all you shoe-tying five-year-olds out there!), it was a fun highlight to my otherwise vanilla day. After years of killing perfectly healthy plants, I finally succeeded in making a plant grow. One more thing I can cross of my list of new home ownership. :)