I have this problem and I'm sure I'm not the only one. The problem is: I never use up my cilantro, basil, and green onions whenever I buy them from the store.
Why? Because recipes never call for 10 stalks of green onions, or 1 whole bunch of cilantro, or 10 sprigs of basil. They always call for 1 stalk of green onion, or a few sprigs of cilantro, or a few leaves of basil. It's not like I can coordinate so well that I would make 10 dishes in a row and each of them requires 1 stalk of green onion.
This also bring up the problem of me being too lazy to run to the store just for 1 stalk of green onion, etc. My life is so full of first world problems!
To deal with this problem, my solution is to plant just enough green onion, basil, and cilantro. So, I talked to Nur. Yes yes, I know, I go to Nur for everything. But she's really my domestic goal. When I grow up and decide to decorate a house, get married, have kids, grow a garden, host a dinner party, etc., I will contact Nur for advice on everything.
Nur actually gave me some plastic planter pots, seeds, and cute popsicle sticks to get started. What the? Right? She even put them all in a cute little brown bag with a cute little note. Seriously, man. I feel so special.
So I used Nur's plastic pots, seeds, and some of my starting pots from Target for $1 to sow the seeds. Behold!
Cilantro sprouts! Hoorah!
Freaking basil sprouts!
Guess that this is! It's sage!
And this? Sweet peas! One of my favorite flowers.
Who's this? Cornflower, a.k.a. bachelor button. Don't ask me why because I don't know the answer.
Fast forward about 2 week. Two weeks!
Cat nip plants are all grown.
Basil actually looked like basil. The leaves also smelled delicious.
Sage leaves started to get tiny little hair and wrinkles.
The sweet peas grew too tall.
The cilantro leaves are waving! HIIII!
My offspring grew so fast that I had to get them a large planter now. I actually drove to Lowe's and got planters! It was one of those moments that made me feel like a grown up.
I'm non too bright when it comes to gardening so I had a bag of top soil that has been sitting there for more than 2 years. All of the moisture had dried out. The soil was as dry as dessert sand. The water would not be absorbed, it just beaded and roll off the soil. What to do?
I always have a ghetto fix, fear not! I got a small waste basket, filled it with the dried potting soil, poured in as much water as I can and stirred like crazy. It worked, man.
Then I filled up the planter, shook the root ball loose and planted them suckers!
I told my sister I'm planting cat nip and she called me a drug dealer.
I even harvested some green onions. These things grow super fast and I can't eat it fast enough. Anyone want some green onions?