This “52 Projects” series may not directly have much to do with childbirth education or doula services. But the biggest reason I want to share my efforts in my own personal journey here is that oftentimes as we transition to motherhood, or find ourselves in the thick of it, many of us forget or neglect to nurture ourselves in whatever way matters to us. That’s a shame. This series does not aim to suggest to you what projects you might do or what self-care you might need, only to remind you to do something for yourself.
When it comes to gardening, I have the black thumb of death. I can kill almost any plant. Somehow my aloe vera and pineapple plants have survived for years but I’m really not sure how. They must thrive on neglect in order to stay under my care for long. My mother’s green thumb clearly skipped a generation, but I’m sure I’m not the only one tired of paying too much for fresh herbs at the grocery store every time I want to make a bit of guacamole or throw together a tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil salad, am I right?
This is not the first time, and honestly it will not be the last, but I once again planted a little herb garden. This time I bought one large pot to keep on our lanai instead of in the backyard so it is within view and I – or my kids – may remember to water it, the kids can grab a bunch of what I need, and it’s somewhat shielded from the hot Florida sun. I even got to break out the label maker for this project.
So here it is: my newly-planted collection of basil, parsley, cilantro, dill, oregano, rosemary and chocolate mint. It smells amazing and what I probably love most is that the kids like to nibble leaves straight from the plants!
Wish me (and the plants) luck!