I’ve been buying more fresh herbs as a way to season our “real food,” and I’ve learned two things:

1) Fresh herbs can be quite expensive — usually at least a dollar for a small package, but I paid as much as $3 for a bunch of organic dill the day I really wanted to make pickles and it was the only dill I could find (yes, I know, dill grows like a weed, where were you and your dill plants the day I was looking?)

2) Fresh herbs come in packages too large for those making just one meal here or there — I bought fresh mint for a fruit salad over labor day, used a small portion of it and ended up throwing out the rest a week or so later.

So, I’ve been thinking that I need to plant some fresh herbs and I finally did it. Finding the seeds was a bigger challenge this time of year than I expected. I started out looking for established plants but gave up on that. I was able to find some sorry looking seeds on sales at Lowes, and those are what I ended up planting.

The package included parsley, chives, and basil. I’m trying that out first. (I have no idea what to do with chives?) It’s only been a few days, but so far, it just looks like pots of black dirt. I really wanted cilantro and mint also, but I think that will need to wait until spring.

In the meantime, I’ll try to give you some photographic updates in a month or so to let you know how my “indoor farming” is going.