Mint and thyme.



I bought some herbs on a whim the other day, in an effort to become a) at least a little green-fingered, and b) more self-sufficient in the kitchen. I’ve killed every living plant we’ve ever had in this house (orchids, poinsettias, basil plants- you name it, I’ve drowned it) so I’m doing my research this time to try and keep these ones alive longer than two weeks. There are plenty of stones in the bottom of the pots to keep the roots from sitting in water, and I’ve pruned both plants down quite harshly to encourage new growth. The mint offcuts are now sat in a small jug in the kitchen waiting to be added to Pimms when we’re feeling flash, and water when we’re not, & the thyme cuttings have been tucked away in our freezer for pasta sauces and soups. 


There’s something so therapeutic about gardening, isn’t there? I remember watching my  Mum and Grandma buying plants for their gardens when I was younger and thinking ‘What a rubbish way to spend your money!’ but now…I get it. Jason has big plans for our tiny garden, that include a raised bed for growing herbs and maybe even the odd lettuce or two. In fact, we need to raise just about everything in our garden in order to stop that dog of ours from trampling on it…


 If anyone has any tips for how to keep herbs flourishing on a kitchen windowsill, please do share! :) Both the plants and I need all the help we can get…

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  • Kati

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!
    I really like fresh herby, they easily transform any dish!

    Have a great day,

  • Cath

    My tip would be to buy from a garden centre if you want them to last. Herbs from supermarkets have been refridgerated en route, and that’s part of why they always kark it. So a big basil from Waitrose (known to Ruby as ‘bazzer’) lasts max 3 weeks, whatever you do to it. There are exceptions, of course, but generally, they are for harvesting and binning. All large-leaf herbs should be topped-out every time you snip them for cooking, so cut down to the lowest junction, and they come back double. Go below and they don’t come back… xxxxxx

  • Rebecca

    I’m terrible too, I even managed to kill the mint, mint!
    Mint is supposed to be impossible to destroy… but I did it.
    I shouldn’t even be having this baby haha xx

  • Rosie W

    Try your hand at planting chillis! They’re quite easy and very rewarding :)
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  • Heather

    I also kill everything, but I have finally kept some herbs alive! Honestly, I don’t know how…it’s been about four months. You will love putting them in water, too. So refreshing. Good luck!

  • Madeline

    I also have what I call a black thumb (have killed bamboos and cacti – they don’t even need watering!!). This summer, I too, am working on my green thumb. Plants are so gorgeous and/or useful and I can’t keep killing them haha xo

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  • Tornow

    I love to garden! Unfortunately, I don’t have any outdoor space right now. Fresh herbs are the best but I always seem to kill my indoor plants- especially basil. Do you break up the roots when replanting? I have heard differing opinions on this method.

  • Dannielle

    Ahh so glad I found your blog and this post! I too need all the help I can get when growing herbs. We have tried everything, yet they always seem to die. Fresh Herbs are the absolute best as well. Tip for your mint- make some cloudly lemonade and put some mint in, it’s wonderfully refreshing!

    Dannielle @ Chic-a-Dee

  • Sophie Juliette

    I love that you’re trying your hand at gardening, I have wanted to have my own herb basket for a long time and can’t wait till I have my own place to have one! My mum grows tons of basil each year, right from the seeds and they last months :) I remember growing cress from cotton wool as a child and being so excited to see it grow!

  • Irela

    Beautiful photos Rosie, you look so cute amidst all the gardening! I really don’t know much about gardening, my boyfriend is the one that’s keeping all our plants alive in the apartment haha But I still want to start my little herb garden in the balcony….I just need tiiiiiiime

  • Holy Food

    I love the way you write, absolutely inspirational. Beautiful blog

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