Monday, March 9, 2015

My Common Herbs

Someone said that it is easy to gardening if you think like plants.  That may very well be true.  I have found that some plants grow well in one place and not so well in another.  Not too long ago I bought a very nice green and low and full and aromatic Rosemary plant only to find out that it was a creeping plant.  Both of us might have been shocked to find out what it was and where it was going, respectively.

I divided the Rosemary into three parts and planted them in a three sectional box by the trellis by the the pond.  This will give it a chance to climb or it may spread along the box or it may cascade down.  It has plenty of room and it is still living so I am waiting to see what it will decide.

Parsley, the curly kind, is a staple in my garden and in my kitchen.  It grows best in the cooler time of spring.  I am surprised at how well it has done.  I planted it at the end of a log box and it is time to harvest the parsley, chop it up, and let it air dry on a baking sheet in a cool place; that is, away from the kitchen.

Dill is another staple that I sow or plant in early spring.  I prefer to transplant the dill--from garden center to my garden.  It is in a place that gets the early morning sun.  Some gardeners recommend that dill be sown where it is to grow.  I also spread the dill out on a baking sheet or newspaper and let it air dry.

Sweet Basil is a must have herb.  It does well in the warmer season and the more you pick, the more you get. I have no luck drying the basil so I use it fresh with tomatoes as often as possible.

Oregano, a hardy herb that survived the winter between the Evelyn Roses.  It is also time to cut it down so that it will renew itself and grow again.  I use the oregano in soups and stews and it easy to air dry.

A common Mint is also a survival and it reappears every year around one of the small orange trees.  It has a tendency to travel more than I do.  I use it fresh as a garnish in my fruit salads, tea, and wine.

Finally, I got a pot of common Thyme, divided it into three parts.  I use Thyme as need for fish and egg recipes.  It does well during the heat of the summer.  It gets the early morning sun as does all my herbs.

Happy Gardening!
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