My herbs have been amazing this year! Many of them came back from last year even though most herbs are considered annuals in this part of the country. All of my herbs are in pots except for my chives and Greek oregano. Those two grow in a garden in the backyard. I have been harvesting my herbs regularly for fresh use and for drying. It seems the more I cut, the more they grow! Shown above is a basil plant surrounded by golden oregano. Both have been transplanted several times because they kept outgrowing their pots!
To the right, in the large container, is lavender and peppermint. They have also been moved and harvested several times! The small pot is tri-color sage.
My mother-in-law loves my herbs. She says they are some of the prettiest foliage plants she has ever seen and is considering adding them to her yard, which is also her garden. She lives on a busy corner and everyone knows her house as the one with all the flowers. It’s truly a work of art in itself.
Back to the herbs. As I said, we have been in a drought and all summer the herbs cried for water. Most days I had to water them twice, some only once, but I could never skip a day.
This year I am growing basil, 2 kinds of oregano (golden and Greek), tarragon, rosemary, 2 kinds of sage, 2 kinds of thyme (regular and lemon), lavender, 4 kinds of mint (spearmint, peppermint, pineapple mint, and chocolate mint), dill, cilantro, and chives. I don’t think I missed anything. I love when I’m sitting next to them and I catch a hint of fragrance in the air. All I have to do is brush them and they release the most wonderful scents. Very relaxing.
The pictures in my album are all from mid to late June, after the first transplanting. The individual pictures throughout are from August.
So, I planted my herbs, I cared for my herbs, I enjoy looking at them and smelling them daily, I cook with my herbs, and I dry my herbs. I even made tags with my Cricut for the lids of the little Ball jars that I store them in. I am researching and finding recipes for herb blends to use in cooking. I am having so much fun with my herbs that I have even started enjoying cooking!
Everyone should plant at least one herb and enjoy the beauty and the fragrance of it, even if you never cook with it. I am not 100% sure, but it may be the herbs that have kept the mosquitoes away this year. Not one mosquito bite!