Saturday, May 3, 2014
I've been working on my herb garden for a little over a month, and I've already harvested more than I expected for my first try. I planted two varieties of basil, chives, cilantro, oregano, parsley, and thyme in a large pot together. I planted one small mint plant in the middle of a separate oblong pot, and it has spread to the edges nearly all the way around. Next time I will plant fewer herbs in my large pot because they have grown so much that they aren't getting enough sun. Still, all of the herbs except basil are growing well.
My mint really exploded this week--almost like it knew today was the Derby. Perhaps that's why the mint julep is the signature drink of the Derby.
I learned how to grow herbs from my dad's friend, Tim, and I learned how to harvest herbs from Pinterest. Tim kept me supplied with herbs all last summer, but I wanted to give gardening a try myself this year.
I harvested most of my mint for my friend's Derby party today. I have no doubt that it will grow back and be ready for more tea next weekend.
This is part of last weekend's harvest: parsley, basil, thyme, mint, cilantro, and chives. The cilantro went in a batch of Pioneer Woman's restaurant salsa. SO good! I have used thyme in green bean casserole and mint in tea.
Any suggestions for how to use herbs? Any tips for growing basil?