|If I washed my windows, I'd get more sun|
Have started a bunch of seeds (ordered from Horizon Herbs) in my decrepit, but still functional Burpee Grow Kit. I also got inspired from Herb Companion to re-purpose some plastic bottles and food containers into mini-greenhouses.
I went a little nuts on basis—I've got African basil, lime basil and mtuli basil (a perennial if brought indoors for the winter)—since I really like how JJ's Lemon and Basil Soap turned out. Basil makes a great green infusion. There might be a lime basil and patchouli soap next year.
Some new plants: lady's bedstraw (smells nice and will make a yellow dye—also love the name—supposedly the Virgin Mary used it for bedding material), yarrow (cleansing and can also be made into a yellow dye), woad (an astringent and a blue dye—easier to grow than indigo) and vervain (a natural sedative and related to verbena).
I also started some marigold seeds that I harvested last year. Love the color they made in the Beach Bars.
Meanwhile, in the garden itself, The Readers' and Writers' Subplot looks a little bare—there're a few things pushing up through the soil (mints, lemon balm and of course, weeds)—but I'm trying to think of it more like a blank slate.
In the column (a trash find) are calendula seeds.
Better yet, it's a short story that I started last year and am now coming back to (it is a 'plot' after all). Last year was a first draft. I was just buying random plants that smelled nice, this year I know what I want the story to be about: soapmaking herbs.