As The Trowel Turns…
The weather here in Western Washington has been so nice the last few days that I’ve been buzzing around the garden like a busy little bee getting my raised garden beds in tip top shape for the upcoming growing season. While I was outside yesterday… it occurred to me maybe some of you have never planted a garden before… And don’t know where to start because it all seems so overwhelming. So I thought I’d help you out and tell you about the first thing I planted as a new gardener. Perennial herbs.
Not only are perennial herbs on the low maintenance side… they’re very easy to grow… Think of perennial herbs as the Ron Popeil of garden plants… Ya know… “Set it and forget it” 🙂 Several years ago I tossed a bunch (2 packets I think) of chive seeds into one of my garden boxes… and years later… they’re still growing strong. And all I did was simply follow the directions on the back of the packet and what do you know…Not only are Chives easy to grow… but they come back year after year. In my opinion they’re one of the easiest herbs to grow. Period.
Another herb on my top 3 list is Oregano. Even if you’re known as having a “black thumb” … you should try and plant this aromatic Italian herb… because it’s so easy to grow… that in no time you’ll be sporting a brand new “green thumb”…not to mention the oregano will certainly spice up all those (free) pasta dishes all of us couponers sure seem to be eating all the time 🙂
And lastly Mint … I heart fresh mint… I toss springs of this stuff in pitchers of lemonade all summer long. But be careful… as wonderful as this plant is… it can be rather invasive. So be sure and plant your mint seeds in a container… otherwise it could take over your entire garden.
Oh… and don’t forget about these… If you don’t own a pair of these Triple Blade Herb Scissors… you should… they make snipping fresh herbs into a pan or over a plate for garnishing a snap! I own a pair and I love them.
And that concludes this weeks episode of As The Trowel Turns…
So tell me my Fab FruGALS… what’s you’re favorite herb?