This year, one of the best parts of the spring has been watching those perennial herbs come back so quickly and vigorously. And I'd been plotting my next round of plantings all winter, so I soon put in a bunch more herbs--no more room for nasturtiums! Here is a virtual tour of my herb garden, with random thoughts on the plants and their uses.
Winter savory. This was a find at the farmer's market last year. I don't know anything about savories--winter or summer--but this herb rocks. I gave a leaf to A. to smell recently and she said it smelled like every other herb combined--like Italian seasoning in one plant. Sounds right. This seems very versatile in any cooked dish. (It seems a little too strong to eat raw.)
This is another one my daughter likes to eat "on the hoof."
This oregano wintered over very well. The leaves are large and I chop them up for sauces, toppings or anything Italian or Greek that I'm making.
Sage. Another new plant. I put one in last year and it was overpowered by the nasturtiums and didn't even survive the summer. But it's essential for my chicken saltimbocca, and also for sage butter over ravioli, so here it is again. YUM.
If I have to live in Provence for that to happen, so be it.)
Dill. This seems like an obvious thing to have in one's herb garden but I kept forgetting about it. This plant has only been there for about a week. (Actually there are 4 little plants that I set close together.) A natural with seafood, I also use dill in Greek dishes and, of course, dips.
Basil. It's just indispensable. Fabulous in salads, especially anything with tomatoes or fresh mozzarella. Perfect for pizza and pasta. Excellent sprinkled over a stirfry. Outstanding in a burger. If I get lucky, I'll be able to make my own pesto this year. I should probably buy more basil plants, come to think of it. Sacred to Gopal (Krishna) I might add.
resist a plant named "rue." Do you have favorite uses for rue? Let me know!
Thanks for checking out my herb garden. I'm very proud of it. I like to go out and just sit with the plants and admire them. Please comment if there are any herbs or herbal uses you'd like to share! A final note: You'll notice the complete lack of mint in my garden. I'd love to have some, but I saw what it did to my mother's raised bed (TOTALLY TOOK OVER), so I'm holding off until I can figure out some isolated corner that will be all mint.