Building The Perfect Indoor Herb Jungle For Cooking 2021: Basil, Flowering Chilies And Cherry Tomatoes


I’ve been writing this blog so long I realize I probably used that line before. But the herb garden is looking very much like a jungle. The basil is growing out of control, and the thyme and the cilantro and sage are all growing so fast they’re getting tangled with one another. I’ve already trimmed the basil twice, as it kept growing into the light. I need to try to find some good herb recipes soon.

Here’s something very cool–the chili is growing flowers now! One of the varieties has these little white flowers:

While the other variety has beautiful little purple flowers.

One thing that’s a little worrisome is that a LOT of the flowers are just dropping off the plant. I’m not worried yet because there are a whole lot of flowers right now. 
The plants are growing incredibly fast, so much so that one of the plants bent over due to the weight of the leaves. 

You can see it at the left-most plant. The stem didn’t snap, but it did bend a lot. I’m leaving it as-is to see if it’ll straighten out on its own. 
Remember the cherry tomato plant? Here’s how big it’s gotten:

It’s funny, the original plant (to the left) is really not doing anything, but the one branch to the right has extended and is responsible for over 20 cherry tomatoes now. It’s all still being held up in the air by the Aerogarden Trellis Coils.  
I figure in the coming weeks, I will start cooking again. I’m checking to see if I can find a recipe that uses tomatoes, sage, basil, cilantro, and thyme!  

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