Hello fellow green-thumbers! We’re in the midst of spring, and you should be cleaning out those winter pots, and redesigning your new spring container garden. If you haven’t started yet, don’t panic, you’ve got time! If you live in a cooler climate like me (I live on the Canadian west coast), mother nature is on your side. The unseasonably warm weather hasn’t arrived yet, so I have at least another month to get my seedlings in the soil.
Last week I made a trip to my local nursery to pick out a couple of pots to replant two very overgrown houseplants, and the moment I stepped inside, I was accosted by the unmistakable aroma of rosemary, thyme, mint and a myriad of other delicious herbs. As I meandered through the nursery, I started making mental lists of all the wonderful summer dishes I could serve guests inspired by herb garden. While this wasn’t going to be the summer I learned how to become a chef, I was certainly going to throw some stellar dinner parties.
I usually plant my herbs near the end of planting because they grow so quickly, and I used them to decorate pots, but I decided I was going to get a heads start this year, so here’s a couple of the herbs you’ll find in my herb garden:
Not only is rosemary a wonderfully ornamental herb, there are literally thousands of recipes you can use it in. I use it in a lot of my Moroccan and Mediterranean cooking. It’s an incredibly hardy plant, and perfect for me because I don’t get as much sunshine as other parts of the country.
This plant is slightly more delicate than rosemary. It takes only takes a week to germinate and you need but a thin layer of compost on top. It will survive through the winter, and can last up to 4 years! At $2.99 for a few stems in the supermarket, the plant will pay for itself in one use.
If you love to cook Italian, you would be remiss not to include this in your herb garden. Basil is a very fussy plant, and must be planted after the frost, so I will most likely be planting it near the end when the weather finally warms up. When you do plant it, make sure it gets as much sun as possible, and that the soil is rich.