Garden 2014

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  March 26, 2014 — 9 Comments

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).

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I mean seriously, look at how much smaller the rosemary was last year!

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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!

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New this year: cilantro, parsley, oregano, and chives.

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The whole herb garden gets dappled sunlight all day so I’m honestly kind of surprised that it’s done so well.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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9 responses to Garden 2014

  1. It looks wonderful. I want to start my herb garden soon. I am getting eager and am so envious of your seasons. We had about an inch of snow yesterday and have frost and ice today. Sigh. Last year at this time I was feeding the hummingbirds and enjoying the frogs songs at night. Winter just keeps hanging on this year.

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap March 26, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      It has been a crazy winter! I can’t believe y’all at still seeing snow. We’re well into spring here but it’s actually a chilly 55 today, which I’m sure you would consider balmy, haha.

  2. I don’t remember… did you start your herbs using seeds or just plant already growing herbs?

  3. I love herbs too. I’m edible landscaping my whole yard and I planted herbs by seed last year. It’s a slow process starting 100% from scratch but it’s going to be awesome in a few years. My basil really took off last year. I made pesto and froze it. I also made green onion pesto.

    On the herbs you should prune them a bit at least at the end of the year. You want to be careful to not let them get too “woody.”

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap March 30, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Ooooh thanks for the tip!

    • Bridget from Cali May 2, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      I never met an onion I didn’t love. Your green onion pesto sounds delish. I will have to look up a recipe online. I am extremely fortunate to live near an ethnic market that sells very affordable produce and herbs as well as other middle-eastern foods (which I also adore), but sometimes I buy too much. I don’t want to waste anything, so I am always on search of ways to use fresh herbs. BTW: Do you have any tips for growing basil? I have two friends that tried growing it in pots, but both plants didn’t make it in our high heat. Neither were located in direct sun.

      • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap May 5, 2014 at 6:37 am

        I’m no expert, but two years running now I’ve had success growing it in the ground with partial shade. We get plenty of rain here so they pretty much take care of themselves.

  4. Bridget from Cali May 2, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Charlotte: Great job with your garden! I don’t have the space to grow anything at this time (nor do I even have a green thumb), but I dream about growing veggie and herbs one day. Keep up the good work! I am encouraged by your efforts!

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