I love growing edibles. The past few years I’ve had a small vegetable garden and last year I added an herb garden. I am not great at weeding or watering and usually everything gets out of control but it’s so thrilling to walk out in my backyard and pick something that I can use for dinner. I’ve become accustomed to starting from scratch every spring, so I was thrilled to see that my rosemary and thyme had come through the winter quite nicely with absolutely no attention from me (besides a bit of weed pulling last weekend).
I mean seriously, look at how much smaller the rosemary was last year!
Last year I had spicy globe basil and I wasn’t crazy about it, so this year I went for just regular ‘ol plain basil. So excited about my pesto prospects!
New this year: cilantro, parsley, oregano, and chives.
The whole herb garden gets dappled sunlight all day so I’m honestly kind of surprised that it’s done so well.
My mint overwintered nicely as well, though in its minty way it’s migrated to the perimeter of the pot. I’ve got two strawberry plants that my sister gave me right next to it. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time and money setting up a garden this year so the only other thing I’m growing is cherry tomatoes (Jack loves them). I put one of them in the pot with the mint. Should be interesting.
The other three tomatoes are in containers nearby–two in a galvanized pail and one in a paper bag planter. I just put one paper grocery bag inside the other and rolled the sides down until they were the right height, then filled it with soil. We’ll see how it works!
This is why all of my tomatoes are in makeshift containers. My old veggie spot is completely overrun with weeds and half-dead grass. I pulled off the wooden frame last weekend but haven’t figured out how to knock the grass down to ground level.
Even though I’m not growing as many veggies this year I’m so excited. I feel like herbs are so versatile and low maintenance–if they’re in a good spot you can really just ignore them and yet they’re always there when you need them. There’s no pressure to harvest at the right point like fruit and veggies and fresh herbs are so expensive in stores that it’s super cost effective to grow them at home. I need some recipes to use up all that rosemary!