Friday, July 17, 2015

Pet Project

I decided to grow herb garden on my balcony this summer.

Pet project.

My ex-husband,
however large the differences in our lifestyles that keep us firmly apart,
is a truly sharp creature when assesing my actions.
He once said - while in the midst of our separation - that this is just who I am;
I decide to direct effort into some project
and I move heaven and earth to make it happen.
I learn whatever there is to be learnt,
make whatever needs to be made,
create time for the task and apply myself with crazy dilligence not to let anything go unnoticed.
I make it my pet project...

"...just like you made our relationship your pet project..."

...and if the project does not comply to my standard I dismantle it just as diligently.

"...until no stone on stone remain."

Wouldn't he just throw a fit right now if he knew that some pet projects do get revisited.

I already dabbled some with potted herbs
but that was a half-hearted endeavor
and this time I plunged into realization with my full might.

Lo and behold:

Herb garden and herb inspector.

My space is limited and I limited the choice of herbs on ones that I would truly use for cooking so here are the fruits of about four weeks of efforts; few basils, rosemary, mint, sage, leafy parsley and some newly acquired hot peppers in the background.

Zvjezdica is pleased and so am I.
Only chives missing from the picture but are planned and there will be some soon.

Basils were already harvested (twice)...


Basil harvest in progress

 ... and pesto was made:

Sunflower pesto making, first take.
... and devoured in many, many ways; in pasta sauces, greek yougurt dips, salad dressings, slathered over breads and tortillas and eaten with the spoon right from the jar. Especially second batch - one that was made with walnuts. Yum.

There's something intoxicatingly wonderful in seeing your effort turn into results.

4 comments:

nienna said...

menta i bosiljak! pogotovo menta. želim ogromne busenove mente koje ću svaki dan nemilosrdno brstiti.
nemam balkon i imam mačke :/ kako ti uspjeva da ti sve ne iskopaju van?

Derza Fanistori said...

Nemilosrdna brstnja je i tu u tijeku :D

Nije nužan balkon, može i šira prozorska "polica" - samo je važno da imaju dosta svjetla. Pravo da ti kažem moji dvoje nisu još ništa pokušali iskopati - Ginger se pravi da to bilje uopće ne postoji, a Zvijezda pogricka sve okrajke. Dosta su dobri kaj se toga tiče :)

nienna said...

a na koju stranu ti je okrenut balkon i kolko često ih zaljevaš? jer jedino gdje bi ja mogla stavit je van na 'francuski prozor' u kuhinji al on je prema zapadu i tamo baš brutalno prži svako popodne.

Derza Fanistori said...

Jug kod mene, nemilosrdno prženje cijeli dan i zalijevanje svaki dan navečer kad je već zemlja malo odahnula od vrućine. Bosiljak ima debeli sloj drenaže na dnu jer vele da "ne voli mokre noge", ali voli jako svjetlo i svakodnevnu vodu. Metvice i peršini u normalnoj zemlji (nema drenažu, dugo drži vodu) pa trebaju malo manje vode, ali isto svaki dan. Redovno čerupanje da se potikne rast lišća :)