Inspired by the proactivity surrounding food and food culture I experienced while I was in Puerto Rico, my roommate and I decided to try to grow some plants in our kitchen windowsill. After some light research about what would grow best indoors, we decided to try growing two lettuce blends, basil, mint, and cilantro.
It’s been about two weeks, and our plants now look like this. I don’t have a picture of what they looked like before, but suffice it to say, they were thriving. The lettuce was probably just about ready to be harvested, and the herbs were full and lush (save for the cilantro, which never looked quite healthy to me).
So what went wrong?
Part of the problem has to do with humidity — unless we open the kitchen windows, the plants are incubated in a very humid area without much ventilation or space. We think that the humidity probably caused the lettuce to wilt and die after we neglected to use it up right away.
As for the herbs, that’s on us — we have no idea how to care for plants. We over-harvested the mint and the basil for lemonade and (probably) under-watered the cilantro, never transferred anything to give it room to grow, and weren’t good about pruning. I have hope that the basil and the cilantro will turn around, but the lettuce and the mint seem to be lost forever.
Anyway, our failed first attempt was at least a good learning experience. We’ll get it next time.
UPDATE: I underestimated the power of mint! Looking almost good as new.