Saturday, June 28, 2008

herb gardening

Herb gardens have been around for a long time. Their recent popularity has herb experts popping up everywhere. You've probably seen articles in magazines and the Saturday gardening section of the newspaper. If you haven't tried to plant an herb garden yet, why not?
Most of these plants were weeds before they gained recognition for medicinal and culinary purposes. They thrive on neglect. Seriously, the more you water and fertilize them, the worse they do. Perfect for containers (must have holes in the bottom) so you can move them around to your sunny spots.

A couple of years ago, Lucy (youngest daughter) wanted to plant an herb garden as a school project. I told her she could have the big area in the middle of the backyard that gets full sun all day. The grass just got beat to death in that spot. She made a circle seven feet in diameter, divided it into four sections, then used brick pavers to outline the circle and make the divisions. A birdbath marks the center. Rosemary, Basil, Sweet Peppers, Oregano, Thyme, Chives, and Parsley made the guest list. Pretty soon she had bees and butterflies admiring her handiwork. Her teacher (me) gave her an A.

Most of the plants can last all year. Lucy and Em cleaned it up and reworked it a little this spring when the gardening bug bit them. The best reward is walking outside on a summer evening and snapping off some fresh sprigs for the salad. Then you get to admire the sunset on the way back in the house.
For the first time in a long time Hubby and I and all four kids are going to Georgia to visit family. I'm just giddy at the prospect. Anyway.......there are scheduled posts going up while we're gone.......reruns from last summer when blogging was new.


the first born son said...

the site looks great mom, clean setup for sure. I'm dig'n the pics too.

Sandi McBride said...

I have a small herb plot in pots...basil, thyme rosemary, lavendar dill and oregano...I love the rosemary best of all and can't walk by it without running my fingers through it and smelling it's aroma!

Donna O. said...

Great photos. I'd love to visit and never leave!
Enjoy your 'family' time.

Anonymous said...

Great new look!! Good Luck on Etsy!!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Ummmm~ that is not exactly what my herb gardens look like.

Wave Hi if you pass through Alabama on the way to Georgia!