Gone to pot?

At the base of the front window of our abode is one of those miniature plastic greenhouses. Inside that flimsy plastic structure are the beginnings of my “garden.”

I put garden in quotes because it really isn’t much of a garden. The plot of land where I once grew tomatoes, beans, peppers and fresh herbs was sacrificed for a new garage a few years ago. Now, I do most of my planting in pots. I did stake out a small in-the-ground plot for herbs a few years ago, but the bunnies always get to it before I do. Except for the chives

So the tiny seedlings will eventually make their way outdoors to a selection of pots that are scattered around our small yard. Or at least that was the hope as of the writing of this blog. Since then, we have been away from our abode for almost two weeks (more about that absence at a future date), and hopefully the seedlings survived in their greenhouse environment.

I may be wishing that I had transferred the plants to a self-watering apparatus for which I snagged the plans off a Facebook friend’s post. I still plan to utilize the idea, just didn’t get it accomplished before Hubby Bryan and I set off on our journey.

The contraption is made out of a plastic soda bottle, cut into two pieces. The top half of the bottle, when turned upside down, becomes the actual planter. A small piece of paper toweling is placed across the neck opening to keep the soil from falling through. Small slits are cut just above the neck to allow the soil to draw up water.

The bottom part of the bottle is the irrigation system. A couple of inches are cut from this sleeve so the planter top will nestle snuggly inside it. The bottom is filled with water, which is drawn up through the slits to keep the seedlings moist.

If the seedlings didn’t survive my absence, I will be scavenging our recyclable bin for soda bottles. Even if they did survive, soda bottles might be their next stop before moving permanently outside.

While there were a few flower seeds incubating in the greenhouse, the bulk of the seedings were of the her variety. Herbs are one of my favorite things to grow, and basil in particular.  What I don’t use fresh from the garden goes into the freezer for use throughout the cold winter months. But this year’s first harvest of fresh basil is likely to go into this salad.

Avocado Basil Pasta

Cook 8 ounces bow-tie or wagon wheel pasta according to package directions. Drain.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine 2 medium avocadoes, halved, seeded, peeled and coarsely chopped; 6 slices bacon, crisp cooked, drained and crumbled; 2/3 cup fresh basil, chopped; 2 tablespoons lemon juice; 1 tablespoon olive oil; 3 cloves garlic, minced; ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper; and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Add the hot pasta and toss to combine. Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with ½ cup finely shredded Pecorino Romano cheese.

Makes 4 servings.

Just a reminder that recipes are always welcomed for this forum. Send your favorites to Lagniappe, Daily Globe, Box 639, Worthington 56187; email brickers@dglobe.com.

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