the half inch garden

microgreens herbs omletI have always wanted to be Martha Stewart. I remember writing about her in my 5th grade journal on “the best way to make a bed.” It seems strange now that a 12 year old was longing to be a 40-something domestic goddess. But just take out the Martha scandal and prison time, and to me, she is just about perfect. So here, she has done it again, (most likely it  was someone on the Martha team, but of course, she still gets all the credit. Can I please be on the Martha team? PLEASE?!) Okay, so anyway, on her website she gives step by step directions on how to grow in-home herbs and “micro-greens”. I love this idea. I have grown wheatgrass and sprouts in my kitchen before and have loved watching them grow. This also solves the mega-problem of the molding cilantro in my fridge after I used the 12 leaves for my tacos. I hate wasting the rest of the bunch! This way, you cut it when you need it. BRILLIANT! And it looks beautiful, giving me the sense that I am oh so domesticated, growing my own herbs in my own kitchen. BRAVO MARTHA!


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  1. lindsay Goldfine says:

    Genius! Love, love her, mistakes, prison time and all. Hehe

  2. Ramona says:

    I have grown cilantro before but if you are anywhere warm – it generally bolts so fast that you are almost better off buying at the store and using what you need. Just to keep that flavor on hand I have resorted to those fresh squeeze tubes that I keep in the freezer. Not the same as fresh but in a pinch – better than nothing.

  3. CLJ says:

    Experimenting with something new is always fun. During the cold months it’s a good thing to do— bringing a little bit of springtime into your kitchen on wintry white days. I’ll be interested to see how it all comes together.

  4. efonnesbeck says:

    Bravo Martha? Bravo Lauren!

  5. what a great idea! Oh Martha (and Lauren), you just get me

  6. Jolene says:

    love, love, love this ‘half inch garden’ blog! Have you ever tried cutting a half liter soda bottle in half, inverting the top upside down into the bottom, and planting herbs in the top half? Decorate the bottom with pretty rocks, make a cute identification label and be as creative as you want.


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