Herb Time

I use a lot of herbs in my cooking which makes it important for me to take tender care of my herb garden.   Ha, actually I mostly neglect them all year long except for early spring and late fall when I clean their beds and perhaps the Z Man gives them a fresh coat of mulch.  Herbs are very forgiving and are the easiest thing to grow.

Well, except for cilantro!  I have the hardest time growing cilantro which really stinks because I use a lot of it in cooking and when canning my salsa.

In the early spring I always have some pop up in the garden voluntarily but it doesn’t last long.

This year the Z Man transplanted some of it into pots for me and they are looking pretty good (for now).

Cilantro 1

All the other herbs (rosemary, thyme and mint) made it through the winter and are growing nicely.

I’ve already made the first round of cuts on the herbs and have hung them to dry.  I like to try to get 3 cuts dried for winter use.  Especially the sage, I use quite a bit when we grind our pork sausage in the fall.

My oregano is going crazy this year, the first cut didn’t even make a dent in it.  I’ll need to do another cut this weekend.

Oregano 1

The sage is a little slower growing, but I managed to get two good size bundles hung.

Sage 2

Here is a picture of the sage before I cut it.  This sage plant is probably 5 years old now.

Sage 1

To dry my herbs all I do is cut them, wrap a rubber band around the base and hang them in the kitchen for a few months.  Looking at them hanging during the summer months gives me this kind of old day medicine woman feeling.  Which reminds me I want to share my rose toner with y’all when the roses start blooming.

I once saw Jamie Oliver on a cooking show going nuts over finding some dried oregano that was still on the stems in a little specialty food store.  Look at me having that in my kitchen all summer long… 🙂

Herbs are good for you and add so much flavor to meals, you may even find yourself using less salt in place of fresh (or dried) herbs.

If you are new to gardening or perhaps have limited space, try growing herbs.  You can make your flower beds multipurpose by planting herbs in them.  And, think about all the money you’ll save by doing it yourself.

Have fun and have a great day!

Till Next Time,

Lori

 

 

 

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