The herbs are in the ground! After visiting two different garden centers and one hardware store that was closed (on Saturday?), we returned not with a large galvanized bucket big enough to serve as a planter, but a coconut italian ice from Rita's and a wooden-handled trowel. I was pretty set on having an herb bucket, but settled on a corner of our backyard that showed signs of ancient plant life. All that remained were two ill-positioned lifeless looking plants with long grass-like leaves of no vibrant color. But, we tilled the ground, spread some fresh soil, and left the moppish plants to serve as herb dividers, in case the mint and sage flourish as people have lead me to hope.
They look promising, don't they?
By the way, have you bought April's Everyday Food yet?
We are working on Beef and Tomato Stew (p. 84) at present.