When I was a kid I thought that Chia Pets looked so cool. I always secretly wanted to have one. Two Christmases ago I won this (or actually took it from someone who had no desire to own it) at a white elephant gift exchange.
It's not a Chia Pet, but it does have these cool chia-like sponge things that the herbs grow from. It's also a tad more practical and not so ugly to look at as a real Chia Pet. On a recent afternoon, a mere 18 months after I apprehended this pacakage, when the other kids were napping, Xandra and I set to work to get our Chia herb garden planted.
We planted cilantro, marjoram, basil and dill.
Before the seeds:
After the seeds:
I half hazardly put some plastic wrap over them to help the seed germinate, and somehow
despite my inability to remember to water these guys, a few weeks later our plants actually look like herbs.
Watch out Farmer Joe. There may be hope for your assistant yet!