Hey, Curlies!

Despite the fact that the world seems to be reopening, I’m still finding myself at home more than often. Call me paranoid, but I want to sit back and see what happens first before I get back to doing my normal outside activities. This has led me to a new at-home hobby – gardening.

For the past few years I’ve tried growing various plants when the weather gets warmer. Well this year, I’ve gotten pretty serious.

It all started with wanting to redecorate my patio. For the past three years a patio makeover had been on my to-do list but I just never got around to it. When I learned we’d be at home due to stay-at-home orders, I knew I had to carve out another space in my home.

While shopping for patio items, I purchased pots and seeds. Here’s what I initally started growing:

  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Lemon basil
  • Lavender

The spinach and lettuce grew beautifully. The others were part of a “plant cocktail” kit that were meant to all be grown in one pot. None of the seeds sprouted after a month, so I tossed them and used the pot for more lettuce.


The goal was to create a salad and incorporate the garden veggies into my meals however I could.

My spinach grew so well but then it began to seed/bolt because of warm weather so I got rid of it and now those pots have spearmint growing. I plan to plant more spinach seeds in late September.

Eventually, I got so excited about the success I was having that I bought 2 more pots and more seeds. This time I planted kale and collards. I learned after I planted them that they are both cool weather plants. I’m not sure if they will make it through the summer since it’s been 90 degrees and sunny consistently for the past couple of weeks, but they seem to be doing well so far.

growing kale in summer
collard greens
Collard Greens

Lastly, a good friend of mine gifted me with a Tulsi/holy basil plant. This is one of the key ingredients in our DIY Herbal Hair Rinse Kit. Typically I source the ingredient from her because she grows so much of it, but it’s cool to grow my own.

Spinach and Lettuce
growing holy basil plant
Tulsi plant

Are you gardening this summer? If so, what are you growing?

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