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. Jess Casey
    April 8, 2013 / 1:20 pm

    Totally copying you girl!! Thanks!

  2. Meg
    April 8, 2013 / 1:22 pm

    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

  3. melissa
    April 8, 2013 / 1:29 pm

    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!)

  4. April of A. Liz Adventures
    April 8, 2013 / 1:42 pm

    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!

  5. Megan@TwoDelighted
    April 8, 2013 / 1:46 pm

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

  6. Bekah @ re·solve
    April 8, 2013 / 1:58 pm

    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…

  7. Jen
    April 8, 2013 / 2:25 pm

    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!

  8. SHAYNA
    April 8, 2013 / 2:56 pm

    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!

  9. Jayme
    April 8, 2013 / 3:02 pm

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

  10. Amanda
    April 8, 2013 / 4:15 pm

    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!

  11. Colleen @ TwoDelighted
    April 8, 2013 / 5:20 pm

    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.

  12. Samara
    April 8, 2013 / 8:41 pm

    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! ;-)Samarawww.samaraevangeline.blogspot.comwww.grimeglitzglam.blogspot.com

    • Samara
      April 8, 2013 / 8:42 pm

      Enough* (darn phone typing!) 🙂

  13. Ashley (Sweet Carolina Belle)
    April 10, 2013 / 7:20 pm

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

  14. Nicole-Lynn
    April 16, 2013 / 2:38 pm

    The markers are too cute! Love it!

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