Easy Peasy Herb Garden

My uncanny ability to kill even the toughest plant is notorious!  We’re talking the stuff of legends here…

I once traumatized my son when he was six because I killed his beloved plant.  I bought this fern for the living room, full well knowing I would forget to water it and in three weeks it would be dead.  I had also accepted that I would then go shell out $10 to buy another one…My poor son fell in love with this plant – named it and everything.  Lo and behold, three weeks later none of my last ditch attempts at resuscitation worked, and the plant died.  As I knew it would…

Copious amounts of tears later, I knew I was the worst mother ever.  Ever!  I was so guilt ridden over this plant debacle that I have not once even considered buying another house plant.

Despite my inherent ability to kill plants, I do have a flourishing herb garden.  I realized early on in my cooking, that fresh herbs really take a dish from good to extraordinary.  The depth of flavor and the aromas are heavenly.

Buying fresh herbs on a weekly or bi-weekly basis can be a bit pricey though, and I just couldn’t afford my passion.  I knew I had to suck it up and try to plant some herbs – my love of rosemary runs too deep…

Growing your own herbs can save you quite a bit of money, and herbs are incredibly easy to grow – very resilient and most require little attention.  Once a year I replant any of my herbs that haven’t made it through the winter frost (what little there is of it here in Georgia), and then leave it be.  I water it copiously for the first week until the novelty wears off, and I once again forget (which is how all my other plants usually meet their bitter end).  Thank heavens nature takes care of the rest!  I weed about every two weeks, and water only if we’ve gone through a really dry spell.

If you’ve never planted herbs before and you’d like to try, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Plant your herb bed somewhere in the partial sun.  Meaning, the bed should receive full sun only part of the day.  If it’s in the full sun or the full shade, it just won’t survive.
  2. Be sure not to place the herb bed in a low section of your yard, i.e. places where water tends to collect.  Too much moisture will kill your plants no matter how well you take care of them.
  3. Check each plant’s tag when you bring it home to see how far apart you should place the plants – certain herbs like rosemary and sage spread out quite a bit, so be sure not to plant them too close to each other.
  4. If you’re really new to planting, it’s easiest to start with a larger, more mature plant.  It will root itself faster and be easier to grow than a smaller plant.  Unfortunately, it also costs more to buy mature plants.
  5. I’d recommend starting with rosemary and sage because they are SUPER easy to grow – almost idiot proof.

That’s all it takes.  Believe me, if I can do it, anyone can!  I love being able to step outside my kitchen and snip a little fresh basil for some Caprese Cherry Tomatoes or rosemary for some Rosemary Cheddar Biscuits.

Do you have any tips for herb growing?  Any recommendations?

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    Hi! Thanks for adding me in Food Buzz. :) I thought I’d come and check out your blog.

    Like you, I terrorize house plants regularly but, for some reason, I have a mighty green thumb for my flower/herb/veggie gardens outside!

    My tip is to ask around to friends and family and see if they have any herbs they can divide and share with you. I was able to divide my ginormous basil plant last year and share it with a friend while another friend of mine shared her chives with me!

    Looking forward to checking out more of your blog. Stop by mine if you have a chance. :)

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      Laurie, herbs are really the only thing I don’t kill, and I have no idea why! It’s also the only thing I truly want to grow, so it works for me!

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