Monday, April 8, 2013

Thyme for Herbs III

Even as an amateur cook I have to admit, freshly picked herbs are more delicious than anything you’ll find on a spice rack. Herbs like basil, parsley and oregano growing on your porch will not only spice up your cooking and baking but will save you oodles of cash. Gone are the days when you have to spend $4 for a container of fresh rosemary, when all you need is a teaspoon. 
This weekend Matt and I finally planted our herb garden. Our first stop was Home Depot where we found herbs on sale (FIVE for $10)! I couldn’t resist a good deal so I picked up 10 pots of herbs (several were duplicates).
We also grabbed some fertilizer since we weren’t planning to change the soil in our last pot. And speaking of our last herb garden, we were surprised to find that our 2012 oregano, rosemary and mint managed to survive through the winter and months of neglect...
We re-potted our rosemary into a larger container and removed the mint all together. As a warning, I highly recommend potting mint in it's own container. Like a weed, it spread through our garden in weeks, grew down the sides and into our yard and choked out our poor cilantro. Mean herb.
Since I’ve used jumbo popsicle sticks the past few years, I decided to splurge on vintage spoon garden markers from Curbside Pickin’s Etsy Shop this Spring. I purchased 7 stamped spoons for $18, which was the best deal I found on Etsy. My package arrived in just a few days and I love my markers so much that I wasn't so sure I wanted to stake them in dirt anymore!
I am pretty pumped about how my garden turned out. Once these suckers adjust to their new home I will be picking them like crazy.
You can also find my 2011 and 2012 herb gardens {here} and {here}.
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15 comments:

  1. Totally copying you girl!! Thanks!

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  2. They look wonderful, I can't wait seeing what you're going to cook with them. I LOVE the vintage spoons, they really add to the herb pots!! xx

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  3. I love this! Those beautiful herbs would have me dreaming of recipes to try! I have tried again and again to grow cilantro and basil and just cannot keep them alive. My cilantro rarely lasts a week! And my basil always flowers, no matter how vigilantly I pick the buds. Maybe I'll do some research and give it another try this year. (I never learn!)

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  4. I love those spoons! Several years ago I actually bought a metal stamping kit to make my own -- yeah, it's still never been used to this day.

    I planted some herbs this weekend, too, and you are SO right about mint!

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  5. Okay. I am so gonna do it this weekend. This looks so cute!

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  6. I am trying growing some for the first time this year. Fingers crossed as we're in an apartment and the patio is pretty shaded...

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  7. Oh I can't wait to plant more herbs this year. I totally agree on the mint plant, and I usually put my basil plant in a seperate container also. For some reason my basil plants go totally wild each year. Thanks for sharing the source on those garden markers. I have been looking at them for a few weeks now on Etsy, and that was the best deal I have seen so far. I just ordered a set and can't wait for them to come in! Happy Monday!

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  8. This is so neat! I will definitely be checking out your previous gardens & getting some tips from you once things slow down for me! It is such a pain buying containers of herbs that you only need a pinch of! Your garden looks great!

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  9. I've never been able to get cilantro to grow. It's just a fussy herb I think.

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  10. Too cute! The markers are a great touch. I can't wait to plant an herb garden. We don't move into our new home until June, so it may have to be next year. You're right though...my MIL gave me a basil plant a few years ago and it was the best addition to my cooking!

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  11. I have a black thumb but still really want to try planting some herbs. Mostly because I want some of those herb markers. So cute Christina.

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  12. The markers are perfection! It's still too cold here in Michigan,but I'm hoping very soon we can start a small herb garden,too!

    And you are definitely not giving yourself enought credit...."amateur cook"? Pashaw! ;-)

    Samara

    www.samaraevangeline.blogspot.com
    www.grimeglitzglam.blogspot.com

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    1. Enough* (darn phone typing!) :-)

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  13. I love the markers! I need to plant a herb garden ASAP since it is warming up so much here in NC :)

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  14. The markers are too cute! Love it!

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