Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Herb Garden

I spent the afternoon re-reading this sweet gardening book. We will plant our garden this weekend, so I'm mentally shifting gears from school stuff to home stuff.

The space for my herb garden at home expanded last year, and I wanted to do something great with it. Unfortunately the greatness hasn't happened yet. We grow oregano, chives, sage, parsley, dill, sweet basil, and lavender. I have space for much more. I use the community garden plot for all of my vegetables, although I was thinking I could throw a tomato plant in the herb garden to fill it up if necessary. Anyone care to suggest something else we could grow in the herb garden? Maybe something unexpected?


Tricia said...

I like to grow rosemary and tarragon, because they're hard to come by at the farmer's market. I have tried to grow thyme in a spot near our garage, but never do well (too neglectful of it [even though it doesn't need much coddling], plus it got trod upon). But in an actual herb garden, it might do well. If you like making salsa, grow cilantro (but know that it bolts quickly in the heat). At my previous house with the very large garden, I grew a number of different 'flavored' basils (e.g. lemon and cinnamon and thai and holy) and mints (lemon, pineapple, orange, I forget what else). I didn't use the various mints for much, but they smelled nice! You could probably use them for teas.

Anonymous said...

Oh a herb garden would smell great!

Aside from herbs, you could also grow peas or green beans. They are great for kids to grow themselves and you can pick them right off the plant and eat them! Yum! Excellent in stir-fry or raw, and they freeze really well.

Anonymous said...

Thyme has grown well in our herb garden. It's fun to have your own mints — I have spearmint that I use for tabouli, and it gets pretty little purple flowers, and I have chocolate mint because it smells SO good! I clip it for bouquets all summer. It's good to plant those in a big pot buried in the garden, though, because they spread so readily. I do not recommend lemon balm, by the way, because it has found its way into every corner of our yard.


Michele T. said...

We have a big plot for our herb garden and part of it is kind of shaded so we have other plants besides herbs in it. A hydrangea and butterfly bus take up the back half. The perennial herbs (that I can remember) are chives, sorrel, lovage (I have not a clue what to do with it), oregano, lavender, sage, thyme. We plant basil, parsley, cilantro, marjoram, and probably something else. If we find it we plant lemongrass. I think that's mostly it. We also plant small bulbs along the front edge (beyond the stone border in the grass). And we have some herbs in nice pots that we bring in the winter (rosemary and thyme mostly) that we either place in the bed or next to it.

besomom said...

I grew mint last year in pots. Thanks for the reminder! I'll definitely grow that again, as there is a drink I like to make with the mint leaves. I've never tried chocolate mint. Sounds dangerous! If anyone can't find me, just look in the herb garden. I'll be rolling around in my chocolate mint!!

I'll give thyme, rosemary, or tarragon a try. I'll have to see what I find at the market, and what looks good.

Green beans. Ah, yes. My husband's favorite. Those go in the community garden. About 1/3 of our plot is green bean plants!

Thanks everyone!