Herb Garden Revival
It has officially hit me. I have Spring Fever. I’ve been waiting for it, and was starting to get concerned that it wasn’t coming actually. I usually get it in February, but February was a bit of a blur and our weather never really settled into normal (high 90 degrees one day, high 65 the next). I really try not to complain about our weather…EVER…because I know some of you are buried in snow right now. Hope you enjoy all the green in this post today.
My herb garden revival started at Lowe’s this morning after I dropped off the kids. This was not the plan today…but something told me that I needed some time out in the fresh air playing in the dirt. Here’s what I went home with:
pictured: flat leaf parsley, cilantro, basil, tarragon, thyme, peppermint (that one was an accident!), and one grape tomato and one cherry tomato plant.
The goal today was to assess the winter damage, spruce up the survivors, clear out the dead stuff and weeds and plant our new friends.
Let’s talk about our survivors. I’ve got to give it to these guys, every year, they show me unconditional love. I have neglected them for the last few months, not even a hello or a glance…and yet, they still love me and give me hope for a tasty spring.
Hello mint…it is impossible to kill mint, it disappears and you feel bad that it died, but then it starts popping up again – everywhere. Can not wait for mojito season.
Rosemary. Goodness gracious does it need a trimming. I’ve had this rosemary bush for YEARS and it does just fine during our mild Florida winters in the ground. I do nothing for it, but today I did give it a nice trim and am going to dry out the branches I took off and turn it into dried rosemary (will be a first time for me).
I found this nice bunch of parsley growing in the ground in a random location actually…moved it to a pot and am hoping it continues to thrive.
I have an enormous chives plant that I had to carefully turn into two plants. It’s another plant I’ve had for several years and it had overgrown its pot probably 2 years ago. I think I actually heard it take a deep breath and thank me this morning.
I was surprised to see flowers on this guy, this is my key lime/meyer lemon tree that I’ve had for about 3 years now. I really hope I see fruit on it one day. Grow baby grow!!
Another survivor, but one I didn’t snap a picture of, is culantro. This culantro was given to me by a neighbor when I moved in my house 6 years ago. Culantro is very much like cilantro, but with more of an intense flavor. The leaves are more like blades, and if constantly harvested, grows like crazy. If you find it, pick it up, it is perfect for homemade salsa.
Tomatoes, sage and basil…
I find that small varieties of tomatoes (like grape and cherry) do very well in LARGE containers. If you are just starting a garden and would like to keep it in containers, I highly recommend you try out a small tomato plant like one of these. You’ll want to get a very big pot (the biggest one you can find in the plastic pot section) and fill it with dirt. Dig a nice hole in the center and place your tomato plant down in it so that it is 80% covered in dirt…yes, there will be leaves under the dirt, this is ok. It needs to start down deep, it will grow best this way. Also pick up a tomato cage and put it on now, while it’s small. It is not fun to try and get them on later when they’ve grown some.
All done for today.
Up next on the gardening agenda:
Last year’s gardening posts:
The Backyard Garden
Gardening Tour and Questions
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i’ve never been much of a gardener but this post has got me ready to go for spring gardening! i’ve GOT to start doing my own herbs at home…it’s so perfect to use in the spring and summer to compliment all of the fresh produce!
I really was not much ever a gardener either…my grandpa would always give me stuff and it would die. over the years, I just kept planting the same stuff, moving them to better spots, changing things here and there…next thing you know I have almost 20 pots of herbs, lol! there is nothing like not having to run to the store for some herbs, that is the best part for me. I hate spending money on herbs 🙂
Love this post, Aggie! A few of my herbs are in need of a little spruce up, too. I keep waiting on dependable weather but I’m itching to get going.
How awesome! I sure wish I had a green thumb!
Yay, Aggie! We’ll be starting our garden back up very soon, too. 😀
I’m jealous! Too early to plant some herbs here in Georgia. I have parsley, thyme, and rosemary that does well during the winter. All the other has to wait until some time next month.
Looking good Aggie! Can’t wait to get my herbs growing again. Love the shoes!
First of all, I love the photo showing you wearing those blue rubber clogs. Looks very similar to the “Mary Jane” Crocs that I used to own. Anyway, this is a very inspiring post. I would definitely start growing my herbs once again. ‘Been caught up with a lot of stuff lately but I will make time to make it happen real soon.
they are the Mary Jane crocs! 🙂 I love them! so happy you found the post inspiring…it’s so nice to have a few fresh herbs available to you isn’t it? even if you just plant a couple of pots, it will make you happy 🙂 check back in and let me know!
Absolutely LOVE IT. I’ll be posting about our garden progress too! Nothing has happened yet, of course in KC. We’re about 3 weeks behind you. But I do have peas sprouted and tomatoes and most of the herbs going in doors. Yaay! Love it!
Good to know about the culantro. I hope I can find some!
Love this post! I live in Iowa and am finally moving into my first home TOMORROW! I know nothing about gardening but have always wanted to…..we obviously have very different weather than you but I would appreciate any advice, books, websites you can send me to as I want to get started on a garden ASAP!
We are working on building large planter boxes to grow more vegetables this year. I too also have a container herb garden… every great cook must have them!
Looks like we got the spring, gardening bug at the same time! I just planted a whole bunch of herbs last weekend – it’s definitely my favorite part of spring. Mine too was unplanned as Whole Foods had a huge selection of local herbs at the entrance and I just couldn’t pass them up.
You’ve inspired me to dry some herbs though once my plants grow up a bit – I’ve never done it either. My dad dries all sorts of his herbs and I’m always jealous of his collection.
let me know how your herb drying goes! My grandpa does it all the time, he hangs them up in his kitchen and just lets them dry out…he does it with hot cherry peppers to for red pepper flakes, now that is good! Any gardening plans this weekend?
I think I’m going to try preparing a bed for some tomatoes and other veggies this weekend. It will be my first time venturing past herbs so I’m a bit nervous. I just browsed your other two posts and they’ve very helpful by the wayl!
I wish I could start on my herbs but we still have some time. Looking good!
I CANNOT wait for it to get warm here!! We are renting right now, but I think I’m going to try doing some herbs in containers. I need my fresh herbs!
Oh! I love your herb garden. I’m jealous of your mild winters, though ours here in Utah was not too bad this year. My parsley survived and I am soo happy. Can’t wait until spring is really here and I can get mine up and going again.
I would love to have a rosemary bush like that. I can’t keep rosemary alive. It always dies. 🙁
We’re starting our vegetable and herb garden hopefully next weekend. I emailed hubby “the plans” for a raised garden bed. Can’t wait to hit some nurseries and find some seeds and seedlings. Thanks for sharing. We’re in Central Florida, so I hope it hasn’t gotten too warm yet! 🙂
Loved your post! I’ve been debating whether to start an herb garden in pots. I think it will be pots when I go shopping next weekend. It’s a bit early for us to leave them outside though. April could still bring snow. 🙁 I can hardly wait to get our garden growing. Homemade salsa using herbs and vegetables from your garden just can not be beat.
thank you so much for your comment!! You’ll have to keep me posted on what you decide to do. Herbs do really well in pots, you will be so happy to have them right outside your kitchen whenever you need them 🙂
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