My mother is a gardening genius. When I was a child, for many years we had a garden the size of half a football field, just for our family of four. She fed our family for the entire year from the garden and I've always been in awe of her skilled green thumb. I don't have it. Many plants in my house have died. I bought my first flower bulbs last fall and planted them just before winter and all but about four of them appear to have not survived this crazy winter. None of those four will bloom, from the looks of it. This lack of skill has been frustrating and sometimes intimidating, given my mother's innate abilities in something I can't do competently. So, it is with both excitement and trepidation that I decided to have my first attempt at a "garden". However small, it is afterall, a railing-planter and small pot on a New York tiny balcony kind of garden. But, my joy and love of cooking overtook my hesitation at possibly failing again with plants, when I made my way to the Farmer's Market this weekend and purchased the small plants and seedlings for my first "garden" ever. Granted, herbs and tomatoes, which should be easy, but still I desperately want it to succeed so that I can use the delicious bounty all Spring and Summer. If any of you have tips for a winning planter herb garden, please share them!