|green and nice|
1. Price - some of the herb plants sold in local nurseries are rather expensive (more expensive than normal plants), although I can understand the health values that the plants have.
2. Availability - while some can be found in nurseries, some are not available, either sold out or they don't carry them. The availability of herb seeds sold in supermarkets are also extremely limited.
3. Interest - plants sold in nurseries are normally well developed which is fine for those who want to use them immediately but I find it more interesting and definitely rewarding to see and help them grow from young. Its also a good way to learn and understand the characteristics of each plant and its needs.
So, I thought of an idea to buy fresh herbs at a local supermarket. Not all supermarkets carry fresh herbs but I managed to locate one in my area and paid it a visit. Was estatic when I found several of them and ended up buying five different types - tarragon, italian parsley, thyme, oregano and rosemary. Out of the five, I was certain at least two or three would survive. I was banking on oregano, rosemary and tarragon. I had read somewhere on the net that oregano roots easily through stem cutting. And it was definitely cheaper than buying them from nurseries, so I thought it would be worth an investment.
|black and dead|
I had thinned out the leaves to give the stems a fighting chance and used root hormone to help with root growth but none survived. I wonder why. Perhaps the herbs came from the highlands and may have grown hydroponically, which might not have been suitable for the lowlands. Or perhaps, it was sheer bad luck. Should I try again?...hmm..