Enjoying the Simple Pleasures of Life, While Living in a Complicated World

Growing Your Own Herbs~

There’s something very satisfying going outside picking fresh herbs for cooking, salads or dishes I create in the kitchen.  I have two rules when it comes to planting herbs: you can never have enough herbs & plant them in the largest pots you can find.

My herb garden is located on the deck. The herb stand is a repainted and re-purposed aquarium stand, that’s refitted with glass shelves.

If you carefully tend your plants, you can have a lovely harvest of herbs. I planted several varieties of sage & thyme, rosemary, parsley, tarragon, garlic chives, basil, oregano and mints for a versatile herb garden. Scented rose geraniums are a wonderful to use in aromatherapy, cooking, baking & beverages!

~Planting Herbs~
Starting herbs from seeds takes time and patience, but it’s well worth the wait. If you’re new to gardening or wish to create an ‘instant garden’, purchasing plants is a great option to harvest herbs in a few weeks. Avoid planting in small pots, use the largest pots (I prefer clay pots) possible. You’ll get larger plants and in hot weather, you won’t have to water repeatedly throughout the day.

This variety of Sage has huge leaves that are very soft to the touch. Great in any Italian recipe that calls for fried sage leaves, dressing, chicken and fowl recipes.

Scented herbs, such as Rose Geraniums, are wonderful to use in simple syrups, baking & beverages. You can also make wonderful potpourri linen spray and room spray. To make a wonderful carpet refreshener: take a handful of dried leaves~crumble and strew over your carpet; vacuum the area, and your home will be freshened with the scent of roses lingering in the air.

In the fall, bring in your plants and place in a sunny window. Water generously, and you can harvest herbs year round!


2 responses

  1. This is such a wonderful herb garden, simply gorgeous and such great variety. Love the gigantic sage.

    August 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    • Thank you! I saw your recipe using sage and thought about the plants I have….there is nothing like fresh herbs!

      August 2, 2011 at 6:34 pm

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