April 17th, 2010

Thinking of Italy

Windowsill greenhouse

Windowsill greenhouse.

I’ve been known to say — repeatedly– if you have a windowsill, you have a garden. And here is mine, but since it’s on the indoor windowsill, it not so much a garden, more a makeshift greenhouse. Tucked inside a Ziploc is a a 6 x 4 inch recycled fiber seed tray filled with organic potting mix (without peat moss), over which I scattered a sprinkle of giant-leaved Italian basil seed and some for an Italian herb my friend Alessandro calls “nipotella,” which is a kind of nepeta used in Tuscany to flavor porcini mushrooms. Perhaps the winner of the Lundberg Family Farm sweepstakes will learn about it at Poggio Alloro. The seeds have germinated and are just poking through the soil surface. It’s almost as exciting as winning the contest!

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