Monticello Seed Sampler Mix Up

This little guy is coming in a weird angle.

During the Heritage Harvest Festival last year I purchased the Monticello Herb Sampler seed pack. This collection of ten herbs included oregano, lavender, basil, mint, dill, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

It was amidst the dreary frozen days of February that I began to sprout my tiny collection in hopes that new life could thaw some of the ice weighing me down. I selected 10 petite pots and with the help of my girlfriend, painted unique designs for each one. I carefully selected the seeds and kept the packets in the same order as the pots so I could easily label the new plants after they were all potted.

However, my ever so graceful cat decided he would help too, knocking all of the seed packets onto the floor and breaking one of the pots…

This survivor managed to live through the fall and is taking to its emergency home nicely.

With the shattered fragments of clay swept away, and the soil moved to an emergency jam container, I sat and tried to remember which seeds I had put where. I thought about digging them up, but some of the seeds are so impossibly small, I knew I would never be able to find them.  Down, but not out I collected the jars and placed them my southern window and resolved to wait for the sprouts to come. After a couple of weeks, the sprouts have sprung up despite the snow outside, though as of now I am still at a loss as to what they are. It looks like what I should have purchased was this.


These guys look like fine sprouts, but its too early to tell what they are.



I am almost certain that this is basil. By far the healthiest plant


A little slow out of the gate, but progress is progress.

Not sure what these could be, but I am thinking lavender.
Seems to like the sun and is a fast grower.





One baby sprout just barely poking its head out.







No signs of life yet.














Alex Bryant is a graduate of the University of Virginia with dual degrees in biology in music. He started at Monticello as an intern and now works as the Assistant Coordinator of Monticello’s Heritage Harvest Festival. 

If you would like to grow your own garden with historic seeds from Monticello, here are some helpful links to get you started.


Somewhere to keep all of those precious seeds.


A safe place to begin your garden


Handy tool to help space out seeds and plants.



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