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UPDATE: Catnip / Gourmet Herb kits
on December 30, 2013
Lessons learned: Thoroughly inspect all pods in seed kits for quality (even if you don't use them right away) because the quality of pods within one shipment will vary. For example, in the catnip kit 1 plastic pod was so stretched out / malformed that it would not hold the 'soil' (I didn't realized this until I went to install the 2nd round of pods). Out of the 7 pods in the kit, only one pod has sprouted and grew. Also, if you're growing dill, grow ONLY dill.
That one catnip pod is growing like a weed now. If any other pods had sprouted, they would most likely kill each other for space.
I'd also like to add a comment on the Gourmet herb kit that ships with the 7-pod AG: While these herbs seem to be initially responsive as far as grow times, they may not be the best plants to grow together. After 2.5 months, I have 4 living herbs.
- The basil seems to be growing fabulously and is delicious.
- The growth on the garlic chives is underwhelming and I'm afraid to trim because I don't want to kill it. Parsley takes a LONG time to get started.
- Parsley takes a LONG time to come in and it's top heavy (but not as leafy as basil!) so you must prune with caution.
- The dill does not play well with any other herb and it really should be on its own. I constantly have to prune (sometimes twice a day!) because it pushed its way over to other herbs. I honestly believe that 2 of the herbs in my 7-pod died because the dill forced its way over the other pods when everything was still sprouting.