No green thumb? Grow herbs

DSC02710 Forget that I was ever a Botany teacher, Biology teacher, or General Science teacher, I still have a black thumb. I blame it on the lack of sun, deer, and blazing hot Virginia summers. But one thing I have always had luck with, is herbs. I plant them in my shady flower beds and watch them thrive. Great for those of us who are instant gratification junkies.  By the end of the season, I allow the herbs to go to seed and save the seeds for next year’s planting, while a few re-seed themselves, like parsley.  Thyme, sage, oregano, and chives come back yearly, while I keep mint jailed up in pots to enjoy their annual return.  My rosemary plants last a few years until they get so woody that I have to cut them down.  It is best to keep them trimmed and under control.  The deer hate all my herbs,  so all the more for me. I just wish they would stand clear of my prized day lilies.  Right now I have oregano, chives, parsley, thyme, sage, rosemary, basil, mint (in pots), and cilantro spread about the yard to flavor all my dishes.

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A few weeks ago I thought I had lost my favorite Herbs book during the reorganization of my office. Lucky me, it popped up under a stack of books hidden behind the chair. I have had this book for 20 years now, the entire length of my marriage, and have enjoyed Ms. Bremness’ plant, planting, and cultivation knowledge about all things herbs. She also includes some health remedies, recipes, and uses of herbs in the home.  She was the first one to introduce me to making my own herb flavored oils, vinegars, and butters from their brief mention in the tiny recipe section of the book.  It seems a timeless book as I keep turning to it, seeing something new of interest to me each time.

Do you like butter? Try…
Rosemary Browned Butter

Cilantro?
Cilantro Lime & Garlic Yams
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower “Rice”

What is your favorite herb?

4 Comments

  1. Coconut
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 4:57 PM | Permalink

    Every year since moving here about 2.5 years ago, I think of doing an herb garden, but there are just too many “guests” in the yard.

    As I live in the mountains in the Northeast, I have deer, woodchucks, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, birds of all kinds, coyotes, etc., wandering about at any given time.

    For the most part, they eat only wild things, except for last year. For some reason, the deer ate through all of the plants in the yard.

    This year, I’m going to try something called Deer Out (deerout dot com).

    By the way, they also sell a repellent for rabbits and woodchucks, and another one for rodents, should any of the above ever get into your herb garden.

    The Deer Out is on order, so I’ve not tried it yet. It is supposed to have a pleasant scent, natural ingredients, and will not wash away after every rain.

    It got decent reviews, so maybe you could try it on your day lilies. I’ll let you know later on if it worked for the yard here.

    In the meantime, it sounds like your herb garden is quite lovely, and thriving well.

    Thanks for the tip on the herb book. Glad you found your copy. 🙂

    • Robin Sue
      Posted May 3, 2013 at 6:24 AM | Permalink

      Thanks for the tips on the Deer Out. I will look at that for the day lilies. The stuff I use now smells and does not work well, the rain washes it right out. And they seem to know that!

  2. Coconut
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM | Permalink

    Oops. I meant to say “3.5 years ago.”

  3. Posted May 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM | Permalink

    I’ve been talking about growing rosemary and cilantro forever! I think it’s time to finally do it 🙂

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