The Fall of the Herbs

Dan here today.  Today I bring you a story of tragedy, of brave souls who flew too close to the sun (or the grow bulb, as the case may be), and were cast back down to earth in disarray.  I speak, of course, of the sad end of half of our herb garden.  Friends, lend me your ears.  I come not to praise these herbs, but to bury them…

Our story begins with two kids with some seeds, an Aerogarden, and a prayer.  Let’s call these crazy kids Tommy and Gina.  They planted the seeds, turned the Aerogarden on, and waited for the herbs to grow.  At that point, it didn’t make a difference if they made it or not.

Time went on, and the first green shoots began to poke up from the surface of the garden.  Tommy and Gina changed the water, refilled the nutrients and talked excitedly of all the delicious dishes they could make with their fresh herbs in just a few short weeks.  The only problem seemed to be that the herbs weren’t growing fast enough.

Fast forward a couple weeks, and suddenly the garden was producing plenty of herbs.  The dill was growing like, well, a dill weed, the basil and lemon basil were tall and strong, and the mint had exploded, taking over an entire corner of the garden.  Suddenly, Tommy and Gina realized that the garden was producing more herbs than they could eat, particularly in the mint department, and they rejoiced in their bounty.  Little did they know that soon it was going to get tough, so tough.aerogrow


The trouble began when Tommy and Gina left for their week and a half long East Coast trip.  The Aerogarden had a reputation for being completely hands-off, but this trip was going to put that claim to the test.  Tommy carefully pruned all of the herbs to keep them away from the grow bulbs, topped off the water and the nutrients, and hoped for the best as he and Gina headed out the door.

When they returned a week later, the garden was a war zone.  The mint had grown beyond the garden’s capacity to support, apparently soaking up most of the water, and it had begun to die at the roots.  The thyme was also dead, and the oregano, overshadowed by the two types of basil, never had a chance.  Tommy cried hot wet tears and asked why?  why?  He didn’t get an answer.

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The good news is that at least some of our herbs are still flourishing (Tommy and Gina were actually Dan and Beth, in case you were wondering.  Talk about a surprise twist!)  The three types of basil, which is what we eat the most of, are still doing well, and the dill is also going strong.  Still, these days I can’t help but look at the Aerogarden with a bit of sadness and reminisce about their lost brethren. 

One other note before I sign off:  Beth got a coupon code from Calphalon* at last week’s Eat, Write, Retreat.  If you follow this link and type in coupon code C95926, you can get 10% off stuff, apparently.  It’s only good until Monday though, so act now, supplies are limited, everything must go.


*Clearance Items and Gift Certificates do not qualify. Excludes John Boos & Co. Cannot be combined with other special offers or applied to previous purchases. Terms subject to change. Offer valid through June 6th, 2011.