It's been a little over two weeks AND WE HAVEN'T KILLED A PLANT!!

The Aerogarden in our kitchen is doing quiet well. Basil was the first to sprout and it's looking quite impressive. The dill, which was the last to sprout (so late that we thought it wasn't going to) is shooting up quite nicely, followed by the chives. The thyme is also doing well, and our little mint and oregano are puttering along like the cute little green troopers that they are. Hopefully in a few more weeks we'll be able to start harvesting and using the fresh herbs in our cooking. Mmmmm....fresh herbs...

Out on our 5x5 balcony, things are also pretty green! The two out of the three strawberry trios are blooming but all of them are green and healthy. The pepper plant hasn't grown too much, but it's a beautiful green and some buds are starting to form. The tomatoes have grown quite a bit, but I fear that I might not be watering them enough - few of the leaves are turning brown and curling. However, it too is showing signs of blossoms!

The most exciting, though, are the beans (yes, I'm excited about beans)! We planted a box of pole beans from seeds, not from sprouts. They started to push through late last week, quelling my fears that we had somehow screwed up and were doomed to an empty box of dirt with a lattice on the side. However, they seem to be doing really well. Of course, not all the seeds did take root, but we have about six little seedlings popping up and leafing out. It's pretty darn cool if you ask me. This whole process is pretty darn cool.

Hopefully by summer we'll have fresh tomatoes, peppers, and pole beans to make some healthy and delicious summer dishes. We probably won't get too many strawberries, but I'm sure the ones we'll have will be delicious. We're lucky that we have such a great place to grow them, but I am itching to get my hands on a real back yard. Jonathan and I have been talking about aquaponics and it would be such a fun experiment to try to run. Imagine - growing enough food for a whole household in your backyard! Ah well, in time in time...

But as for now, I'm pretty darn happy with my leafy greens coming out of the ground with little to no work. It basically took about a Sunday afternoon to buy and prep everything and now we're just in charge of watering and an occasional fertilizing.